Southern California, Photographer
I have been taking photographs since I was in high school and volunteered to be one of two staff photographers for the school newspaper. I knew nothing about photography, and was given some brief instruction on how to operate a Pentax K Series 35mm film camera and Bessler enlarger, and left to figure out the techniques on my own. I took many bad photos and made a variety of development mistakes while learning the craft. I later received my own Minolta X-370 camera and enlarger from my parents and began venturing out on local photography excursions to try out different techniques. Along the way I’ve earned a couple of honorable mentions in regional photojournalism competitions and placed in a couple of photography contests.
These days I’m based in Redlands where I still venture out around the greater Inland Empire, Mojave Desert and other California locations to explore different techniques and styles while I seek to develop my own photographic “voice” though photographing everything from inanimate objects to wildlife, landscapes, portraits, urban settings and events.
I think some of my photographs still reflect my roots in photojournalism, especially my urban exploration series. I’m often attracted to photos that capture unique moments in time or preserve pieces of our rapidly disappearing past. Stylistically I’ve always preferred to explore subjects from unusual angles and call out unique textures in a variety of objects and landscapes. Initially I did this with black and white film; and I’m now working with digital media and post-processing. Though much of my recent work is color, the black and white photographer in me is often revealed through the contrasts and patterns of light and shadow that make up a large component of my work.
I hope you enjoy my photos.