got my first camera at age 11. Kodak came out with a cute little unit called
the Brownie Hawkeye. I could only afford
black and white film and my dad paid to have it developed. I always examined
each photo to see how the light played across the different subjects. I really
didn’t know what I was doing but I knew what looked good and learned to frame
shots to use the available light.
Romans 12:6 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." I give glory to the Lord for my abilities and have taken those words to heart. Over the
years I taught myself how to pose people for portraits, I read books and
studied the National Geographic photographers. I began traveling and exploring the wilds of Idaho,
Washington, Montana and Wyoming, seeking out scenic vistas to photograph and
working with light, specialty filters, different films and even newer
equipment. I entered local art shows and did a few exhibitions, even winning a few awards.
Unfortunately, my vision started to blur and I couldn't focus the film cameras anymore. I actually gave up photography for almost 10 years. Then, in 2002 digital cameras started coming of age. Once
again began exploring the countryside, this time in Oklahoma, Arkansas and
Missouri. In 2013 I retired from the corporate world and moved to Arizona. I kept exploring, this time in Arizona, New Mexico and beyond.
There is a line in Star Trek III (The Search For Spock), when the computer and his mother both ask "how do you feel?" That is how I look at one of my finished photographs. I mentally ask myself 'how do you feel' about the photo. Sometimes I feel nostalgic, sometimes sad, and sometimes I want to grab my cameras and go again. If I don't feel anything I will set it aside to be review at a later date. Often the emotion isn't there because the photo lacks a critical, yet undiscovered, element. Over all
those many years I’ve taken more than a quarter million photographs. Many were
just snapshots, a memorable instant recorded on film, perhaps with family and
friends. Others were discarded because of exposure or focus problems. But a
few, a very few, were worthy of being kept. Perhaps not saleable, but they had
potential. Now with the advent of modern photo manipulation programs they can be brought to life for others to enjoy.
Just because they were taken with a camera doesn’t mean they can’t be art. Presented here in these galleries are works that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do. I'll close with this: Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability..."
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