I have been in love with cameras since finding an old Agfa 120 folding roll camera in my mother’s bureau sometime in the early 1960s. While learning photography at college between 1970 and 1974, my instructors insisted that I develop a critical eye. This lesson became the most valuable lens I would ever own.
By 1976, starting a family caused a shift in direction away from my small photo studio business and toward more gainful employment. My involvement with picture taking became limited to filling up family albums.
Decades later in 2006, while regressing toward childhood, I revisited the hobby and purchased my first digital camera. By then, I was just old enough to risk ridicule without worry. The digital age made errors from deleted electronic files so much less costly than wasted film. Altering these files also made it possible to radically alter perspective on the desktop. In order to bring an image beyond a snapshot recording, I attempt to evoke a feeling or mood from the picture without sacrificing a scene’s authenticity.
The vast majority of my photographs are taken outdoors. This has always been my most favorite environment. I do seem to favor producing abstract, landscape and nature photography. Even today, I prefer to use quality 35mm legacy lenses on my DSLR and mirror less camera bodies, because it allows some "old school" manual control over the digital backs. I spend 80% of my time scouting for subjects and the remainder shooting prolifically. Considerable time is spent on the desktop with post processing and producing final images. I do hope that you find one of my presentations pleasing.
Photography has been one of the most pleasing surprises of my life, and it continues to be so. It is peculiar, however I still regard myself as an emerging artist with much to learn. Even though I am at retirement age, I believe that my best creative years are before me.
Photography makes it possible for anyone to gain insight into the here and now and capture the moment to be possibly shared indefinitely. Photography causes us to be keenly observant so that we can find some semblance of order and beauty in our lives. During the past fifty years, I am grateful to have been involved in the field of photography. For the most part, I believe that its development and usage has been very beneficial to all mankind.