Porter's Early Years Porter's Introduction to Photography A Love for Science Committing to a Career in Art

Porter's Introduction to Photography

Kodak Brownie box camera
Porter began taking pictures at age eleven when his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie box camera for Christmas.

With his new camera and accompanied by his closest friend, Fairbank Carpenter, young Porter explored the island for birds to photograph. Porter recalled:


Graflex camera

"We each had Brownie cameras with which we photographed the most approachable birds—gulls and terns on grass-covered islets….Gradually we acquired more sophisticated equipment, first Kodaks, which had faster shutter speeds, and ultimately, as we became more proficient, Graflex cameras.”

Through these exploits with his friend in both Maine and Illinois, Porter began developing and honing his eye for nature.

 
Porter's Early Years Porter's Introduction to Photography A Love for Science Committing to a Career in Art
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