Get Instamatic for Christmas. Also get chemistry set and enjoy making stink bombs more than taking pictures. Chemicals soon run out, resume picture taking.
Buy drum kit. Form The Osmotic Potential with friends. Lots of band practice, no gigs. Stardom more difficult to achieve than first anticipated. Carry on taking pictures and printing them.
Get into foundation course and specialise in photography almost immediately. Buy second hand, bright yellow Ford Fiesta to get out and about for photographic projects. Discover only half of gargantuan drum kit will fit in car so forced to play gigs with pared down kit.
Achieve photographic degree. Move to London to assist. Am given ultimatum by the other members of The Leather Bus, either concentrate on the band or on photography. Choose photography.
Freelance assist advertising photographers for next 4 years on everything from car shoots down to jewellery shoots. Drum kit collects more dust. Find that floor tom makes good bedside table and cymbal stands are excellent for drying washing on.
Start assembling portfolio and push for more and more of my own jobs. Receive first advertising campaign shooting posters for Alpen cereal. Am ecstatic. Rock and roll.......of sorts. Get shot accepted into Association of Photographers competition.
Going to lots of gigs, playing in none. Sell drum kit to buy first professional level camera. A decision not taken lightly.