Stan McCartin is a Glaswegian photographer who started “snapping” in his school days. At the outset, he learned from his Dad’s pal who “did” weddings, and from a teacher at school who ran a small extra-curricular photo club in the physics lab. He funded his photography by delivering milk and groceries before and after school. He still loves photography and makes prints in various genres for sale, exhibition and competition purposes
Most of his early work was in black and white, very geometrical and graphic, using traditional “good practice” techniques. More adventurous and abstract techniques soon followed. Current work is about self-driven projects for both competition and exhibition
As a member of Queen’s Park Camera Club in Glasgow in the mid 1960’s he was one of the youngest members along with a schoolmate. In those days, it was compulsory to wear a jacket and tie to the club meetings
After moving to England in 1984, he joined the Harrow Camera club and took part in the regular monthly competitions, winning the odd one or two. He obtained his City and Guilds in Professional Photography from Stanmore College in 1992. He also got his CPAGB and LRPS during this period and, in 2010, was awarded an APAGB for services within the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
He has practised as a professional photographer since his retirement from his job in Information Technology in 2002, and is now fully retired, and living in Edinburgh.
Digital photography was up and running by that time and he converted to it with the help of a couple of friends, John Gray and John Lawton, who formed and ran the Herts Digital Arts Group in the late nineties
With more emphasis on artistic interpretation, he has held various private exhibitions and been part of others, around the local area and nationally through various photography organisations
Since the early nineties, judging photography competitions, and giving talks and workshops have taken up much of his time as well as teaching photography formally at college evening classes, and informally in other environments. He still carries out the occasional photographic assignment for customers where possible