INTRODUCING ALI BOSWORTH
I grew up in Victoria, Canada. I have lived here since I was about 10 so I am very comfortable here. I’m 27. A little bit after high school I started taking a lot of pictures of our family cat, a bit obsessively I guess, and then I took pictures of whatever was around me. Then in the summer of 2006 I spent a lot of time with two friends and took lots and lots of pictures of them all the time, just doing whatever. Thousands of photos. Those photographs happened kind of automatically. Then when I met my girlfriend Sinead I started to take a lot of photographs of her and of our house and life, etc. When we went away to Greece and Turkey in the summer of 2008 I took a lot of photographs, around 3600 by the end, which really isn’t that many because we were away for about 100 days, so if you think about it as only a roll a day it doesn’t seem like much at all. It has always felt pretty natural and automatic, sometimes the photos just kind of take themselves. I like the idea of taking pictures ‘to remember’ because sometimes I worry that I have a bad memory. I feel like it is a good hobby to have, to spend time on, to leave for periods, and to come back to. Many of my other interests are quite technical, so I like the ‘soft’ side of photographs. I have a lot of cameras, but most of them are old and inexpensive. Last year I bought a Ricoh GR1 which is probably the closest to a fetish camera that I have, just because of it’s cost. It was in such good condition that I covered it with tape so I wouldn’t mark it up. I also recently bought a cosmetically perfect (but broken) Olympus OM-4 and had it repaired. I am still quite protective of that because it is in such nice shape. This is a picture I took in an apple orchard on a small island called Saltspring Island near Victoria (which is on a really big island). We were visiting as part of the yearly apple festival, where you can go around and see all the orchards and farms. Saltspring has over 300 varieties of apples, and they have been growing apples there since 1860, which is quite old for Canada. Nemanja Knezevic is someone i’ve only recently found because he emailed me, I like his pictures so much. I can never explain why I like photographs.