My second camera was a Kodak Instamatic 104, back in 1966. It was a wonderful camera that I received as a gift. The model of the first one I can't remember, but it definitely was also a Kodak. My name is José Thomas Kingsley, I was born in the
middle of the 20th century. For almost all my life I have devoted myself to take pictures, so perhaps it could be said that I am a photographer.
As a child, I got my first camera at a time when, in the Dominican Republic, the country where I was born, it was uncommon to have camera, much less for a child. The story about the manner in which I got that first camera is worthy of an Agatha Christie story.
My training as a photographer has been somewhat eclectic: first I was self-trained; after that I went through seminars, courses and workshops until I started formal academic training at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, although I must confess that I continue being self-taught, because it is all constant learning.
In addition to being a photographer, I studied cartography in Fort Clayton, an American institution in the Panama Canal Zone. As a cartographer, I keep a compass, I enjoy topography; plains and slight elevations ease my rapport with the landscape. For a long time I dedicated myself to commercial photography, but I believe that my true calling is photography as aesthetic expression. Somehow I have received confirmation of this: I have obtained some awards, I have participated in various exhibitions, my photos have been admitted to biennials, and I have the privilege of appearing in the "History of Dominican Photography" authored by art critic Jeannette Miller. In recognition of my pictures in the field of architecture, the Society of Architects of the Dominican Republic awarded me honorary membership. I am also a member of Fotogrupo and of the Federation Internationale de L'Art Photographique (FIAP).
Today I am working on several photographic projects, among them a study of light on micro-objects, as well as a book of images of Central Park, even though my main project is to continue to live.