I mentioned my family in the Short Bio, and here we are. This is a panograph made from three images taken after lunch (and beer) during a photo trip to Point Reyes in northern California. The ladies were asleep, but I was up and down reframing with the tripod and using the self-timer to fire the shutter. On with the bio:
Late 1950’s - 1960’s: As a photo hobbyist, I worked with film cameras (my first was a Kodak Brownie) and basic darkroom techniques and became an avid reader of monographs and other books about a variety of photographers. Those that most got my attention include W. Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Jerry Uelsmann, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.
Early 1970’s: While continuing my personal creative camera and darkroom work, gained valuable commercial photography experience working for interesting clients like:
- Tobey Publishing (all photographs for two books on bicycle and motorcycle touring)
- Eastern Mountain Sports (all product photography for EMS’ catalogs)
- Time-Life Films (photographed all interiors and exteriors of the storied Harold Lloyd estate in Beverly Hills, CA)
Late 1970’s: I worked in the filmography department at ComCorps in Washington, D.C., a company that used advanced optical techniques to create motion pictures from still images. Clients included IBM, Sports Illustrated, Jeep, Chanel and many more. ComCorps’ founder, Jeff Whatley, a giant in his understanding of optics, color and photographic processes, was a valuable and influential mentor.
Early 1980's: Working at RKO Pictures I developed film and television projects, with a focus on international co-productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway producers and others. All this was exciting but not a business I enjoyed or felt was the best direction for me.
Late 1980’s – 1990’s: In 1986 I joined and eventually led a creative agency, Equity Marketing, where we designed and implemented entertainment-based promotional programs for clients like Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Pepsi and many more. A major part of our role in this work was to manage the creative representation of film and TV characters from the likes of Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, etc. My love for wilderness backpacking grew in the mid 1990’s, and this brought photography (film) back to the fore, even while business demanded much of my time. My first panographs were taken during trips to the Sierras (see below, with my daughter) and Glacier National park in the early 1990's.
2000’s: After retiring from my business career in 1998, I began to learn digital darkroom technique in earnest, mostly by reading and doing, and found that my earlier work with traditional photography was valuable and useful experience. Cameras work the same way, and color is still color. To further my knowledge, I participated in several seminars and workshops with leaders in the world of digital photography and fine-art photographic printing:
Will Crockett: This workshop was a great introduction to the arcane world of color management in computer systems, critical in achieving a screen/print match.
Stephen Johnson: Working with this well-known landscape photographer and digital pioneer in two multi-day workshops helped me learn the basics of “painting with light” to selectively control hue, shading, saturation and perceived depth.
John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert: JP (son of Paul Caponigro) is a great teacher and accomplished artist, and Mac Holbert was one of the founders of Nash Editions (source of the term “giclée”). They taught an intensive five-day course in fine-art image editing and printing at the Brooks Institute here in Santa Barbara. This was a watershed experience for me, and I came away with a much deeper understanding of little-known digital tools (these guys are geniuses, really) as well as further grounding in color and compositional theory.
2010’s: Recently I have become much more active in the Santa Barbara creative community. As a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Channel City Camera Club, I have had six gallery exhibits as a featured or solo artist and have participated in numerous group shows. I was one of four photographers selected to participate in a large, curated show that opened in December, 2015, at the Michael Kate Gallery and I recently joined the board of the Abstract Art Collective here in Santa Barbara.
My cameras are regular companions no matter where I go. Some of my favorite photographic artists today include Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Greg Crewdson and Cindy Sherman.