Photography has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Dad was always taking pictures and the post vacation slide shows were an event. My father gave me my first camera when I was just 7 years old, a Kodak 110 Instamatic, that was followed by a string of 35mm film hand-me downs. High school photography class was my first formal introduction to the art and science of the darkroom and analog photography, back when it was just photography. That was followed by a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and then graduating from U.S. Army’s Still Documentation School.
I cut my teeth as a news photographer in the mid 80’s as an intern and stringer for both small and large newspapers in upstate New York. I enjoyed the pressure of daily deadlines and the late night calls to cover a fire or an accident. We always had our cameras with us, you never really had a day off, and in a time before cell phones, you always carried your police scanner and pager. Waiting, hoping for the next big story.
My photographic interest by and large center on creating beautiful images of people, although I like to think of myself as a generalist. When you work as a news photographer, even as briefly as I did, you become accustom to taking a wide variety of assignments that become problems to be solved. How do you create an image that tells the story, which is accurate and captivating, and all on a deadline? The challenge, is to take that which is presented before you and create something of beauty.
I came late to the Digital revolution getting my first Digital SLR in 2008. Digital photography has truly reinvigorated my passion for photography. The ability to share images with anyone anywhere is something we never would have dreamt of in the days film and darkrooms. To get a gallery show was difficult at best, now I can share my images with the whole world with just a single click.
Ironically perhaps, I have gone back to film, at least in a small way. As I meet young people who grew up shooting digital, who are now trying film for the first time, I enjoy sharing my experiences. I have a little Rangefinder camera that I shoot from time to time then develop and scan the negatives.
Photography will always be an important part of my life. I hope you enjoy my images.