Romford Pictures: Harold Hill man finds photography obsession late in life

15:00 22 June 2014

Picture: Alec Hickman

Picture: Alec Hickman


He regularly captures the natural world in flight, but it’s Alec Hickman’s interest in photography that is really taking off.

When his wife moved to Canada in November, the 42-year-old from Harold Hill found himself with time for a new hobby, and by February he had bought himself his first proper camera – a DSLR, or digital single-lens reflex camera to be precise.

Four months on, taking photos has become something of an obsession.

“I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve got better,” Alec said, “it’s a real passion now.

“I can’t remember a day since February that I’ve not had the camera in my hand.”

Harold Hill born and bred, Alec has a lot of love for his area.

“I do a lot of dog walking and the Manor over Dagnam park is beautiful,” he said.

“I was taking pictures with a compact camera, but as I was taking them I was getting more and more interested in making them better.”

Alec plans to join his Canadian wife, Nicole Brun-Hickman, in her home country in a couple of months.

He admitted taking pictures of his environment was partly a result of needing something to focus on in his wife’s absence, and because he wants ways of remembering his roots.

Latest News Stories

59 minutes ago
A man was stabbed in Romford last night

A man in his 40s was stabbed in Straight Road, last night.

Cllr Ross Hatfull says Redbridge Council will ask people to move out of the borough so they do not become homeless, such is the extent of the housing crisis. Photo: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

Havering Council has the lowest acceptance rate of homelessness of any London borough.

Train passing level crossing

A victim of sexual assault who was “shaken” by an incident on a train is calling for more action in deterring sexual offences on public transport following TfL’s announcement of a 32per cent increase in London.

Yesterday, 16:16
Robert Bull, the pilot killed after his plane crashed in Gravel Lane, Chigwell

Tributes have been paid to a Hornchurch pilot tragically killed alongside his colleague when their plane crashed into a field and burst into flames.

Yesterday, 07:37
Havering Council has halted the demolition of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch

A dramatic turn of events has seen the demolition of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch halted by Havering Council.

Wed, 15:24
Ivana Bartoletti

An NHS worker and a mother expecting her second child, Labour’s London Assembly candidate, Ivana Bartoletti, wants to send a message of “trust and hope”.

Wed, 12:25
Picture: BrianAJackson

The A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge was reduced to a single lane carriageway in both directions on Monday as work to replace it continues.

Wed, 07:00
Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a multi-million plan for the redevelopment of 86 acres of industrial land owned by the Greater London Authority in London Riverside on Friday.

A multi-million plan to develop 86 acres of riverside land will regenerate at least eight run-down industrial sites in Rainham.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder