The School eventually contacted my Father to enquire about my non-attendance. Father was very good about it although he must have been shocked at my deception, but secretly pleased that he didn't have to fork out any more fees for a private education! After a few weeks he announced that he had found me a job. A Church Elder that he knew ran a photographic company known as J Campbell Harper Ltd, a well-respected Edinburgh firm that had a vacancy for an apprentice. I was taken on at a wage of £2.00 per week but would have worked for nothing if truth be known.
My boss, Marion Boron, enrolled all apprentices in the Edinburgh Photographic Society, and every month there was a print competition. This provided the necessary motivation to get out there and show what one could do. At the end of the first year I won a silver medal and the President's Trophy and this gave me the confidence that my decision to leave school to become a Photographer had been the right one. The following images are representative of the pictorial style of photography that was still in fashion in 1961 and which I eagerly emulated.