Though I have been away from it for longer than other mediums, I believe that my greatest talent lies somewhere behind the camera. There is an aging photograph in my parent’s album where I’m sitting on a beach in Maui, smiling, with a USS Hornet cap. My uncle threw his cap on my head and had me wear it for a photograph after I had taken a number of photographs of the family together on the beach. I must have been ten or eleven, and it is really interesting to see how young I was, very comfortable with using a fully-manual Nikon SLR camera. This trip to Hawaii was well into my experience with our family collection of cameras.

I really loved how the images looked from the camera eyepiece, like looking through a pair of binoculars. I liked how I could make the foreground look really crisp and focused, and the background warm and fuzzy. Since our family often vacationed in beautiful places, it was easy to find interesting shapes and balances within these frames. Unconcerned about criticism, like a child who loves a musical instrument, caring little about his mistakes, I just picked up the camera whenever I had a chance and took as many pictures as I could.

The camera has always been something to “bring along”, and in 1987, after graduating from college, I decided to take my camera with me and really explore the craft. Much of my catalog is from that time.

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