Photography has been an important part of my life since early childhood. With a camera in my hands, I’ve pursued a much more intimate visual relationship with the world than I might have otherwise. There is so much beauty around us in color, form and motion… and through photography I’ve grown to appreciate life in an emotional context that never ceases to amaze me.
However, beyond the personal excitement that the overall process brings, photography has and still continues to impact society on a global scale. For over 150 years, photographic images… nothing more than a split-second of captured light preserved on paper... have influenced every aspect of our lives. Beyond the snapshots that chronicle our daily lives, photos have captured the life and times of our ancestors, moved political leaders to preserve wild lands and create national parks, and brought us face to face with the best and worst of humanity. Most importantly, photos inspire people to take action.
I was born and raised in southern California. My grandfather, who as a young man worked for Kodak for a short time, was an avid amateur photographer. He took mostly black and white pictures of family members which he processed in a little darkroom in the corner of his garage. He was my initial inspiration and gave me my first camera, a Brownie, when I was about 8 years old. I was thrilled by the B&W pictures I took of family and friends.
Upon graduating from high school in 1966, I entered college to study music. After one year, financial considerations and threat of the draft resulted in my enlisting in the Army. I returned from a tour in Vietnam in 1970 and immediately enrolled in college with a much greater appreciation of the opportunity. I took my first photography classes while attending CSU Long Beach, but decided to focus my studies on the natural sciences. I graduated from Humboldt State University in 1975 with a degree in Natural Resources. I began my career as a Park Ranger and worked for the National Park Service for several years, mostly in Yosemite. In 1984, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the next 22 years.
Upon retiring from Federal service in 2006, I began a second (part-time) career as a freelance photographer.
Although I shot with film most of my life, and resisted going digital, today the art of photography and computer technology are blending in ways I could never have imagined. I’ve always enjoyed the creative process… in the field, in the darkroom, and now at the computer.
People tend to do things based on an emotional response, and photographs can bring about very strong reactions. Most of my photography celebrates my vision of the natural word, and I hope it will also have an impact on others... for we only save those things we love.