My passion for photography hit me by surprise my first semester of college. My advisor suggested I take a photography class to fill an elective requirement as it would marry well with my chosen degree of English. Little did I know, at that moment, I was making a life changing-decision.
I dove into the world of photography with a 35mm camera, a Pentax K1000. When I first witnessed an image emerge from plain white paper in the darkroom, the magic of photography took hold. Although I graduated with an English degree, my interest and time was absorbed by photography.
As the digital world of photography progressed I gradually but enthusiastically moved out of the darkroom and to the computer. At first, I scanned my film to create a digital image I could use in Photoshop.
Eventually, when no amount of tape would hold my K1000 together, I graduated to a digital camera, a Nikon D50. I found it refreshing to be free from the chemically-laden darkroom
and inspiring to have the ability to work on my photography virtually anywhere. The computer became my darkroom.
I have a strong technical foundation, thanks to my experience with film. It compliments and informs my creative vision and freedom in the digital domain.
Nature -- animals, plants, mountains, rivers, fire -- inspire my creative palette. To quote John Muir: “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” When I walk with my camera I have a tool that allows me to share with the world far more than what I seek.