THE PHOTOGRAPHER

My grandfather died in 1975, and a couple of years later my grandmother gave me his Mamiya rangefinder camera. I seemed to have an eye for photography. I taught myself how lighting works and the relationships between aperture, shutter speed and film sensitivity.  I also took an interest in developing my own photos, and my dad built me a darkroom in our basement. I learned not only how to create an image in the camera, but also take it the next step to manipulate the print the way I wanted it. While in the photo shop one day, I picked up a small booklet produced by Sports Illustrated, with the great SI photographers explaining how to shoot various sports. It became my bible and catalyst for my own career in photography. I never made it to the Sports Illustrated level, but put together a decent career in journalism. Photography is still my love, and sports photography tops the list. But after years in the photojournalism business, I’m trying to push myself into new areas, including studio work. It’s an adjustment from the immediacy of being a news photographer to the more meticulous work of making a photo into art. These are some samples of my work over the years, along with commentary about the world of photography and what I’m up to lately.

PEOPLE

For the majority of my shooting life, I've been a photojournalist, shooting the event or the action, or the *gulp* group shot.  There were occasional portraits, but they were quick and simple. I'm working to branch out into studio work, but for right now I'm experimenting, with my favorite subject, the Dyer family. They've been good sports, and I've followed them from high schoolers to parents.

READ MORE

SPORTS

Sports photography is my love. It's why I picked up a camera in the first place.  There was a day when I thought I was pretty good — but every sports shooter has an ego. Football has always been my favorite. There's a great beauty in the game when you stop it mid-action and when you have large bodies moving at speed running into each other.

READ MORE

MUSIC

This is another area that I've only gotten into only recently. It started by shooting a music group at a local summer festival, and expanded into shooting a local band at a couple different venues. Like sports, shooting musicians allows for freezing moments and expressions that occur so quickly they sometimes aren't noticed. I definitely want to do more of this.

READ MORE

NATURE

For the majority of my shooting life, I've been a photojournalist, shooting the event or the action, or the *gulp* group shot.  There were occasional portraits, but they were quick and simple. I'm working to branch out into studio work, but for right now I'm experimenting, with my favorite subject, the Dyer family. They've been good sports, and I've followed them from high schoolers to parents.

READ MORE

TRAVEL

For the majority of my shooting life, I've been a photojournalist, shooting the event or the action, or the *gulp* group shot.  There were occasional portraits, but they were quick and simple. I'm working to branch out into studio work, but for right now I'm experimenting, with my favorite subject, the Dyer family. They've been good sports, and I've followed them from high schoolers to parents.

READ MORE

OTHER WORK

For the majority of my shooting life, I've been a photojournalist, shooting the event or the action, or the *gulp* group shot.  There were occasional portraits, but they were quick and simple. I'm working to branch out into studio work, but for right now I'm experimenting, with my favorite subject, the Dyer family. They've been good sports, and I've followed them from high schoolers to parents.

READ MORE