I have been a professional photographer since 1987. The real journey, however, began in 1972 when a family friend handed me a Minolta SRT-101. (for you photo buffs out there) A basic darkroom followed soon thereafter, and it’s been in my blood ever since. The dream became reality with a lab technician’s job at The Denver Post in 1987. The Post job turned into a freelance career that touched on everything from journalism to weddings. With the lessons learned at the Post and my own compulsive push to learn more, I shot architecture in and around Telluride Colorado from 1995 through 2007. This work rounded out my self-education in the medium with strict practices in lighting, framing, focus & timing.

When I arrived at the Denver Post in 1987, we were still shooting film and processing in a darkroom. By the end of my second year, we had virtually eliminated the printing side of the darkroom with a Beta version of Photoshop 1.0 and a couple of Mac II’s. In 1990, one of the first professional digital cameras produced by Kodak and Nikon was put to use. (2 megapixels and $20,000!) There were a lot of initial complaints from the old timers there who started their careers with Graflex 4X5 view cameras in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The options available with digital imaging quickly won them over though.

For all of us, Photoshop and the Digital Camera have dramatically changed photography forever. Just the simple fact that you can now shoot millions of images for the price of a $20 CF or SD storage card gives everyone the opportunity to hone their skills in a way that was only available to those with their own darkrooms 20 years ago. I shot 2000 rolls of film before I felt any command over the medium..

A Brief Timeline:

My training as an artist began in my mother’s art studio at a young age. I learned the basics of framing and composition by looking at the work of others. I was taught the mechanics and practice of photography on the job at the Denver Post from 1987 to 1992 as a lab technician and photographer. From 1992 through 1995, I worked as a freelance photojournalist, public relations and event photographer. I practiced commercial and architectural photography from 1995 to 2006 in Telluride, Colorado shooting both traditionally and digitally. I currently live in Sarasota, Florida and exclusively shoot fine art--a much needed return to my original passion for the medium.

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Jack Kerouac-Belief & Technique for Modern Prose