1950’s - 1960’s: My passion for photography began in the 1960’s with a Kodak Brownie camera, a small black-and-white darkroom and access to monographs by photographic “heroes” like W. Eugene Smith, Jerry Uelsmann, Eliot Porter, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.
1970’s - Early 1980’s: My personal photographic work mixed with a variety of business and creative activities. Highlights included:
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)
Communications Corps (produced short films for clients including 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.
RKO Pictures (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: I joined and eventually led a creative marketing agency where we designed and implemented promotional programs for clients like Burger King and many others in partnership with major entertainment companies like Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, etc. During this time my love for wilderness backpacking began to grow, and this brought photography back to the fore. 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 business in 1998, I began to study digital darkroom techniques in earnest, mostly by reading and doing, and was happy to find 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 worked with a few pioneers in the world of digital photography and fine-art 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: After moving to Santa Barbara I became more active in the Santa Barbara creative community. As a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Channel City Camera Club, I a number of small gallery exhibits as a featured or solo artist. I was one of four photographers selected to participate in two large, curated shows in 2015 and 2018 at the Michael Kate Gallery. I served on the board of the Abstract Art Collective for several years and was one of the founding artists at 10 West Gallery, both in Santa Barbara. In early 2019 my wife and I decided we were ready for a change and moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2019.
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.