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 7 years old, a Kodak 110 Instamatic, that was followed by a string of 35mm 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. Followed by a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the 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 small and large newspapers in upstate New York. I really enjoyed the pressure of daily deadlines and the late night calls to cover a fire or an accident. I always had my cameras with me. One night after seeing a glow in the night sky I wound through the back county roads until I came upon a structure fire, just as the fire fighters were arriving. You never really had a day off, and in a time before cell phones, you always carried your police scanner and pager, always ready 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 solve. How do you create an image that tells the story, which is accurate and captivating, and all on a deadline? There is the challenge, to take that which is presented before you and create something of beauty.
I came late to the Digital revolution getting my first DSLR in 2008. Digital photography has truly reinvigorated my passion for photography. Digital has made it much easier and less expensive to create beautiful images. Sure you trade time in the darkroom for time in front of a screen but there are no more chemicals, no more expensive film and it’s so much easier to share you work. Now the world can see all your images on what ever social media platform you chose or all of them. This is something that we never even dreamt of in the days of film and prints.
Ironically perhaps, I have gone back to film, at least in a small. 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 and develop and scan the negatives.
Photography will always be an important part of my life. I hope you enjoy my images.