is not my first calling as a career. I have been providing
computer software consulting and development for over 25 years (resume).
During my formative college years, I found I understood computers
much better than Organic Chemistry. So my studies took a
decisive turn from Veterinary Medicine and I completed college
with a major in Information Systems.
was during college that I purchased my first 35mm camera, a Canon
AE1. Thus began my shutterbug experience, roaming over
Coastal and North Georgia with my friends, photographing rural and
nature scenes. As an exuberant hobbyist I began to hone my
craft and future calling. I became an astute observer,
photographing Nature’s patterns and designs that abound in
infinite numbers, all waiting to be perceived.
I also learned to value silence, a focusing soundlessness
that enfolds you in the area.
In that moment, while the photographic possibilities are
clarifying, you hear Mother Earth breath.
the years my indulgence in photography came and went, like the
tidal waters. However,
at the end of the day, it seems I always came back to this media
as my creative outlet. During this same time period I became
more involved with animals, backpacking and environmental
discovery. As I made more of a connection to Nature, I
wanted to share that familiarity with others.
Through photography I aspire in some way to help shape
impressions by instructing observation and appreciation for the
natural world of color, light, design and texture.
basis of my photography is a combined respect, admiration and love
of the natural world. One
classic characteristic of my animal images is the eyes. The gaze of any animal has an honesty and directness that
communicates without words. I
respectfully attempt to capture the dignity exhibited by my
subject. It should be
noted; I greatly prefer photographing animals in their natural
environment, however, I also photograph animals in a captured
(zoo, animal park, etc.) or rescue (wildlife rescue and
Sometimes photographing captured animals can be more
challenging than it first seems.
Depending on the subject I may want to hide or show the
“hand of man” influence. Knowing that this is a very sensitive subject, I will always
document the fact that this photograph was taken in a capture
is a rule, not a suggestion, and I never attempt to pass off a
captive image as “in the wild”.
hallmark of my photography is a love for color, texture and
shapes. Each day a
wetland sunrise or a mountain sunset is unique.
A close observation of a wilderness trail shows spatial
form and contour. A mollusk shell in reeds yields a character at first unseen.
An abstract view of a common subject results in another
insight to its nature. I
am continually inspired by the innumerable moments that our Mother
Earth provides, waiting to be observed and photographed.
I capture all of my images digitally.
I come from a film background and fully respect other
photographers who choose to remain with that medium.
Given my background in computers, moving to a digital
format was not a sizable learning curve.
I find I can be more productive and, admittedly, I enjoy
the immediate gratification digital imagery provides.
The digital workflow process has its own challenges.
I am always looking to shorten my time at the computer and
increase my time in the field.
have been awarded placement honors at several exhibits and I am
continuing to grow my portfolio of images.
My adventures as a backpacker and NOLS (National Outdoor
Leadership School) alumni substantiate my belief regarding the
heartbeat of the earth and phenomenon of life.
I encourage everyone to observe, be still and respect the
moments that occur around them.
It is in these lessons that we will find what is most
pleasing to our heart and mind.