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

Picture: Alec Hickman Picture: Alec Hickman

Sunday, June 22, 2014
3:00 PM

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

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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.

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