Camp Hill, PA (USA)
When I was a child, the best Christmas gifts I could get were coloring books and crayons,
modeling clay or anything that encouraged creativity. I was 12 when my father bought my first
camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. In eighth grade, I joined the high school Photography
Club, and that's when I decided to pursue photography as my main creative outlet.
Early on, most of my photography involved filling albums with family pictures, but now in
semi-retirement I can dedicate more time to broadening my horizons and building a portfolio.
While subject matter varies, capturing the beauty and complexity of nature is my main
interest, whether it is a wide-angle landscape or seascape, or close-up of the smallest wildlife.
I do not have a work or education background related to the field of art. My knowledge base
has been developed through hands-on trial and error, attending seminars and workshops, and
constructive criticism from a few mentors along the way. I enjoy experimenting in the field as
well as exploring the artistic and creative process as I work with Photoshop and other image
My work has displayed at art shows and fine art galleries and has won awards at the local
and state level, including the annual state-wide "Art of the State" juried exhibition at the
Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.
Photography inspires me for several reasons. First, I create something that is understood
universally. There are over 6,000 spoken languages on planet Earth, but a simple picture can
speak a thousand words with no lost translations. Anyone who views a photograph may be
moved, offended or indifferent, but we have connected.
Second, the camera, which narrows the field of vision, has actually expanded my vision and
awareness. It persuades me to slow down and pay attention to the brilliance of nature and
life's many treasures. I capture moments in time and document pieces of my world I might
otherwise never see.
Third, image-making leaves our legacy of how we see the world. I want to make and leave
marks for those who follow. An image I capture today may still be on my son's or daughter's
wall 20 years after one of their kids goes off to college. I like that.
Finally, while I love capturing the moment to share with others, I also look forward to sharing it
with myself at a later time. A subject or scene which would otherwise get forgotten becomes
like an old friend when I sit back and view it months or years down the road.
In addition to photography, primary interests are my three beautiful children; creative writing
(composing a new journal from a fresh thought); reading (biography, history, narrative
nonfiction); the stage (everything from a good musical to sketch comedy); and my career
(outfitting executives and professional men with made-to-measure business attire). I reside in
South Central (Camp Hill) Pennsylvania USA.