My interest in photography began when I was very young. My father would take my older brother and sister and I into our downstairs bathroom, where he had set up a darkroom. He would then let us pick several images, which he would then print for us. I was always entranced and mystified watching the photo appear like magic in its bath of developer.
For my 9th birthday, I asked for and received one of those brand new Kodak Instamatic cameras (I have just dated myself circa late 1960's). I ran around my neighborhood taking photos and pretending I was a photojournalist.
My sophomore year in college, I inherited an old Yashica 35mm that my Dad had handed down to my older brother. The Yashica had spent a few years living in a very wild frat house and had seen better days. So, the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I saved up my meager camp counselor wages, went into Manhattan and bought myself a Nikon FM with a 50mm lens. That night, I went straight to Central Park, and shot my first roll of film with my new camera, photographing a Blondie concert at the Wollman Rink.
The rest of my college career was spent in a wet darkroom and shooting B&W film. I shot pretty diligently for a few years after college and on trips, but eventually put my camera down for way too many years.
In the pre-DSLR age, I had searched for a "good" state-of-the-art digital and could not find what I was looking for. I purchased a few point and shoots - and literally only used them for point and shoot situations. Things changed after 9/11.
I had been traveling significantly in my job. Post 9/11, my company grounded us and halted all business travel. I needed a way to process what we had just gone through and my digital search still had not yielded what I wanted. So, shortly after 9/11, I went into a camera store and bought a Nikon N80 and a Nikon 24-120mm lens. And I started shooting film and I kept shooting and shooting and shooting.
Since that time, I have embraced digital. It took me a long time to convert, but when I did, the conversion was immediate. Although the N80 is still in my possession, it hasn't been used for several years. Still, I can not quite part ways with it.
For me, the ability to capture and record the beauty of a moment provides me with extraordinary personal gratification and fulfillment. In this lifetime, we all have moments that just soar above the rest, and my hope is that my images capture those moments and those feelings you experience when that moment is happening.
My love is nature photography. It provides me with a means of "detoxing" from the "real world". I am always humbled by the beauty and purity of our surroundings and I hope my images do justice to the splendor that my eyes take in.
For those who have helped me along the way; the pointers, tidbits, advice, critiques and knowledge you have imparted are greatly appreciated - more than words can ever express. I can only hope that the images I have created make you proud, and that they themselves, provide the profoundest thank you.
To my family, heartfelt thanks for their understanding of my need to explore and to create. And to Max, you have given me the gift of learning to see this world in a unique and special way. Thank you for letting me be your eyes. You have truly taught me how to see.