Precisely where my interest in photography originated is difficult to pinpoint. I can only attest to the fact that I have spent a lifetime fascinated with the visual and artistic aspects of my surroundings while enjoying a serious amateur interest in photography.
The images I’ve chosen to share were selected in the hope they will explain some of what motivates me to take pictures in the first place. Whether we share an interest in photography, I think the more universal experience is the human tendency to be emotionally influenced by the visual character of ones environment. I am motivated in a photographic subject by feelings and senses imparted to me even before I am aware of an upcoming composition.
In my attempts to compose a final image, the challenge is to seek to communicate a mood or atmosphere to the viewer that replicates – as closely as possible – the mood that prompted my original photographic interest. I also will occasionally seek to shoot a subject in such a fashion as to create the mood by compositional and other technical shooting decisions. The international character to my life has left me with a portfolio that includes Afghanistan, Cambodia, Denmark, Estonia, Holland, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Nepal, Norway, Sweden, Thailand and the Continental USA.
I was born in Washington, DC., but spent a good portion of my childhood in Italy and Argentina. Bachelor’s degree university work was pursued at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD. and Munich, Germany) and Loyola University in Rome, Italy. U.S. Army service with the 7th Infantry Division took me to South Korea in the late 1960's following which a master’s degree was pursued at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. A subsequent career in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service included assignments in Washington DC., India, Thailand, Denmark and Sweden. The regional nature of the latter two also included responsibility for Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. I retired from the USDA in August 2002 and have spent much of the time since learning the digital workflow, converting many old slide and negative images to digital, acquiring the necessary equipment to shoot and process entirely in a digital environment and seeking local opportunities in juried gallery exhibitions. I currently shoot with two 12.1 megapixel SLR cameras – a Nikon D700 and a Nikon D2X. A recently acquired Epson Stylus Pro 4800 allows prints up to 15 x 24 inches (larger formats available from local professional photo labs). Panorama images come in height dimensions of 8, 11 and 14 inches and widths that range up to 120 inches (please see individual panorama images). Some of the images available on my web site reflect the 2006 decision to convert a Nikon D-70 SLR camera to exclusively infrared shooting.