Janice Poulson, a chorister at St Mary’s, is also our unofficial church photographer. Through her enthusiasm she has built up a large photographic archive of parish events. But how did it all begin? How I got started into photography My 11th birthday was just a few days away and I was in in the Co-op, Carr Street, Ipswich with my mum, and there she bought me my first 35mm SLR (pictured with me, above). This section of the Co- op was really an opticians’, but I remember they had a glass shelf underneath the counter with all sorts of items laid out on it relating to ‘eyes’… Being choosey When the film was finished, you wound the film off the camera and then sent the film off to get it developed and printed. Mind you, a 35 exposure film would take months, maybe years, to fill up, because you had to be choosey about what you photographed. Having fun The individual photos and the negatives would arrive back in a small folder, and some photos would be blank, white, blurry and some good; some didn’t come out at all! But that was the fun of taking photos.