My name is Vittorio Silvestri and I have been a keen amateur photographer since my early teens.

My earliest memories were using a Kodak Instamatic 126 format camera then an Agfamatic 110 format before moving to Pentax 1000 Spotmatic 35mm film camera given to me by my dad. I had 3 lenses, the standard 50mm, a 28-80 zoom and a 110mm telephoto. After several years I bought a new Pentax SFXn 35mm film camera which I used for many years before switching to Canon.

My first Canon was an EOS10 35mm film camera which came with a 28-80 zoom lens. I then bought a 100-300 zoom, followed shortly by a second EOS10 and then an EOS50, one for each medium in the days of film. I also owned a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera.

My love from those early days was Black & White, which continues to this day.

My first encounter with digital was in 2002 through scanned slides and negatives on a Nikon LS2000 scanner. I eventually realised that I was getting better scans from slides, from which I could print colour or B&W and still have a slide. I continued capturing mostly slides on Kodachrome 25 until 2004 when I bought an EOS 300D with an 18-55mm lens. I suppose I stuck with Canon as I had at this stage accumulated quiet a few Canon lenses.

I sold the EOS300D in 2007 and bought an EOS5D full frame sensor digital camera. In 2009 I bought the 17-40mm F4 L series Canon lens, followed by the 24-105mm F4 L series Canon lens in 2010. I joined the CPA camera club in 1988 with the idea of meeting like-minded people. I quickly realised that this was a place I where I could further my knowledge of photography while having the opportunity to enter competitions to have my work positively critiqued on a regular bases.

I have held several offices during my years at the CPA and am currently the President of the club.

On Tuesday 12th April 2016 I became president of Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA).

I work as a Ophthalmic Research Photographer for the Belfast Trust and consider myself fortunate as I get to us the latest state of the art ophthalmic imaging equipment.