All pictures are subject to copyright by Roland Wantens
How it started
I was fourteen years old when my father gave
me my first camera: a Voigtlander.
Eric Leerman, who sold me the camera, was a
student worker at Foto Leurs in Ostend, Belgium.
At the Training School for Teachers in Blankenberge
we were in the same group and from him I learned
some thechniques in the dark room.
Eventually he became a professor of Photography
at the Academy of Ghent, Belgiuim.
Years later a friend sold me his Minolta 7000,
the worlds first autofocus camera.
He wanted to get rid of it, since the autofocus
system did not work under water.
I happened to see an advert for an underwater
housing from Ikelite for that camera.
From then on started a long search for
the right techniques.