My name is Alie Anchin. My first love affair happened when I was 14… I fell head over heels in love… with the coarseness and coldness of his skin, the weight of him in my hands… his name was Pentax K1000. Now just look at that beauty…
Pentax and I later discovered together the joy of the darkroom… ahhh, just inhale… the intoxicating scent of the develop, stop and fix chemicals… the miracle birth of images after images. I was hooked.
It wasn’t all moonlight and roses. Pentax and I had our ups and downs. In the first semester of freshman year, I struggled immensely and barely passed my photography class. So much that I actually quit the class for the second semester. I guess you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, because I found myself missing my beloved Pentax (and develop and stop and fix) so much that I signed up for classes once again. So Pentax and I continued our little affair more or less throughout high school. We ended on a really good note… winning the Boston Globe Golden Key award and a spot in the Young Women’s Photography Exhibit.
Sadly, all that became ancient history (or anchin history, har-har) as life and reality took over. I decided to be practical and became an accountant so that I would have a steady job after graduating from college. However, I could never forget my first love. Out of fear of failure (and laziness), I never really dabbled in photography again after high school.
16 years after meeting my first love, I married a wonderful man (a real person this time), who bought me my first DSLR, the very cute Nikon D5000. (It’s a she this time, honey, because I would never cheat on you, not even with a camera.) Hence, starts my journey to rediscovery.