Have you ever taken a moment to reflect on how you got where you are now as a person, an artist, a fellow human being? As I look back, these are the moments that stand out in my mind and changed my course as a photographer.
I started my professional involvement after showing my nature photos to my employer, Terry Leet, a Parsons interior designer. Terry sent me to school to enhance what he saw … a good eye for light, space, and design. In exchange, I photographed his home interiors and furniture design creations.
I went on to study photography at the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center. I knew how to take the photo but this darkroom stuff was something different. My inspiration was Ansel Adams and a tough act to follow. Countless weekends spent in the darkroom dodging and burning to create that special black and white image.
Another moment that stands out is a trip to St Thomas in the British Virgin Islands. At that time, it was not the beauty of the island but instead camera failure. My film camera had a malfunction. My first thought was that I might never visit this beautiful place again. My second thought was buy a new camera. That is when I switched from film to digital. And I have not looked back. Since then I have moved on to a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor. This camera also includes a Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps and Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS.
Currently, my travels have led me to my Paradise. I live in a place where the color blue is wet, green hops away, and orange is a perfume in the air. So it stands to reason that my images are of nature and in beautiful living color!
The excitement of spending an early morning deeply engaged in photographing a Blue Heron is very special to me. I hope that you too will find something special in my images!
Paradise…I live there…do you?