It has always been the actual act of photographing that has the greatest impact on me. Seeing and reacting to the wonder all around us. It is an immersive experience. Nowadays, I find I cannot not take the photograph when I see it.
I was already working in my second proper job when I got my first camera in 1978. A friend at work was crazy about photography, and was convinced I had to get a camera, get the camera he really wanted. After that I used it a lot, even upgraded to a better camera and added more lenses. I traveled to lots of places, but my parents vacationed every year in the same place. My camera became the way I showed them where I had been, what I had seen.
The idea that there might be more started in 1999 when Jill and I put together a calendar using my photographs, and realized just how many would have been acceptable. Sadly, neither of my parents made it to the new year nor saw the calendar.
Ever since I came to the USA, I have been fortunate to travel frequently, and have taken every opportunity to visit local art museums, mostly to look at paintings by the Impressionists. In the last ten years I have extended my viewing to include first the Dutch Masters such as Vermeer, and then English greats such as Constable and Turner.
In my web and printing work, I had been using Adobe Photoshop since 1994 but it was only in 2004 that I accepted that technology had advanced to where I might be able to satisfactorily work entirely digitally, to take a photograph and make a quality print, myself. By 2009 I seemed to be attaining some mastery and sold my first print.
My working career has all been in the computer industry, small and large companies, internal IT departments and product development and marketing. Currently I provide websites using WordPress for artists across the country.
I have enjoyed workshops with Lenny Eiger, Joe Cornish, Howard Bond and Brooks Jensen. I continue to study both alone and with friends such as Hosain Mosavat, Patrick Young and Paul Thacker.
Prints of 30 of my photographs were acquired by UMHS for the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in 2011.