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As a youngster in High School I found my interest in photography through the class yearbook. I remember one Christmas morning I found a cold light enlarger under the Christmas tree. My Dad helped me set up a darkroom in the utility room and that kicked off my carrier in photography.

That was in the late 60’s and I soon found myself in the Army where I supported the PIO office of USARHAW. This became an environment that included everything from portraiture to traffic accidents to state dinners to morgue research to MP stakeouts just to mention a few of the diverse photographic situations I found myself in. It was truly a fantastic learning experience.

Soon after the military I shot weddings for a local studio for a year and a half. That was just a stepping stone to the next 22 years which I spent at Good Year Aerospace later to become Lockheed Martin. There I supported the in-house lab and the still photo section. The time spent there was a blend of shooting experience and old school lab processing that gave me the instinct of an artist as it relates to the photographic image. The migration from wet lab to digital photo shop has been easier that I had expected and now I try to bring all that experience to the art of landscape photography.

Through out my childhood my family spent a lot of vacation time in the mountains of the western states. I guess that is how I became so connected with the national parks and the history of the west and nature in general. Therefore I jumped at the chance to spend a week in Jackson Hole, WY. at a work shop where Chris Johns of National Geographic was my instructor. From that point on I was hook on nature and landscapes.

The beauty of nature is something to be shared with all whose visual sense is stirred by a beautiful landscape or those who try to visualize the greater beauty that lies beyond this world or those who have experienced the sensation of seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time and words fail them. For us as photographers who spend more than the usual amount of time in the national parks and other beautiful “hot spots” of nature especially here in the west we feel the “need”, the need to capture that image and share.

If through the use of digital, medium film and large film formats in color and B&W  I can bring any of that beauty to the lives of others who feel the same about nature, then that makes the thrill of capturing the image all the more exciting.”

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