I was raised by photographers: my Mother was one in the Air Force and my Father won first place in a Kodak contest. In our house there were always cameras around. At some point I picked one up and started shooting. Years later after seening a book of landscape photographs I realized I needed to learn more. I decided to entered a fine art photography school called the Milwaukee Center for Photography.
The philosophy at MCP was simple: teach students how to “see” in a finer way. My teacher was Murray Weiss, who became a cornerstone in how I approached and comprehend photography. After several years of schooling my vision become clearer. The technical aspects of photography, camera control, film processing, printing all began to coalesce. I learned how my images were alike and different from others, and slowly I started to present photographs that showed my inner being.
Following graduation, I took a lab job in a commercial photography studio. It was there that I fine tuned my technical side: experiencing what was needed to really achieve high quality results. In that job I printed 40,000+ images and learned how to make prints tonal rich, and with that more expressive.
In the years that have passed, other influences and changes in my life came to bear on my photographic taste. The biggest were the loss of infrared film followed closely by the discontinuance of my favorite silver gelatin printing paper. Because of this I was pushed fully into the digital age. Captures are now digital. Old film images are scans. Printing is done with large pigment printers.
This is where I am, a long way from my parents cameras. Please look at this journey as being at the mid point. For me it will always be there.
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