Biography

 
"Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived. "- Wynn Bullock
 
I began shooting photographs in 1965 while serving in the US Army in Vietnam. I was overwhelmed by how much there was to see and describe. I wanted a way to capture what was around me and bring it home.

Even though the camera was relatively simple (Yashika twin-lens reflex) and I knew almost nothing about photography, I was captivated with the results. Somehow, the images shed a different light on things...narrow, intense, delightful images of the ordinary. After I shot photographs for several hours, I could see things in that same delightful way for days...maybe weeks before it wore off.

On R&R from Vietnam, I stayed with an American family who hosted me in the Philippines.  William Hubbell and his family were living there on assignment for a magazine.  William was a photo/journalist who helped me a lot with some important ideas about how to approach photography. "Break the rules" he whispered so powerfully that I’m still breaking the rules regularly.

While teaching in the early 70’s, I edited the Farmington Valley Herald in Connecticut as a part-time job.  I learned to develop and print black and white images for the paper and started shooting more images for the paper.

Through the late 70’s and 80’s,  I traveled a great deal to the Caribbean, Europe and Asia as a Management Consultant. Whenever I had the time, I took my camera and tried to capture the essence of each place.  I also took some time to print the Vietnam era images and entered a number of my favorite images in fairs and contests.  I learned a lot from the intense feedback of going public with my best prints.

On one of my trips to China in 1986, I was allowed to go stay on a farm in Shandong Province.  I carried my RB 67 and tripod to the village and shot a few hundred images.  I created a photo essay with the 20 best prints. I created a traveling exhibit that went to a number of large corporation lobbies for a few years and made my first few sales.

In the early 90’s, all of my photographic equipment was stolen from our car while traveling through France. Fortunately, the insurance claim allowed me to buy new equipment.  I was always interested in large format photography, so I purchased a Wisner 4" x 5" camera.  I’ve been shooting large format color transparencies for the past few years. I also own a Mamiya 645 and a Cannon 40D digital camera.

During the past ten years, I have attended workshops with Eddie Soloway, Cole Weston and Kim Weston, Dan Westegren, and Richard Newman. I've studied studio lighting with Barbara and Fernando Moon Batista.  These workshops and relationships have really changed my thinking about photography.

 I’ve studied with George De Wolfe (www.georgedewolfe.com )and adopted his digital workflow for producing fine prints.  I'm and active member of ImageMakers photography group in the Monterey area.  www.imagemakers.org.   In Januray 2014, I delived a lecture at the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey on my emerging exhibit, "Inherent Worth and Dignity...Living Portraits of Monterey's Homeless Men".