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I started taking pictures around age 12 using a Yashica Electro 35n rangefinder. We built a darkroom in my bedroom closet, the hardwood floor is forever purple with fixer stains. As my enthusiasm grew I used paper route money for a black bodied Olympus OM1. If it was good enough for National Geographic it was good for me. Awesome camera that I put to use on summer trips to the Rockies shooting some Kodachrome. I joined the Yearbook team and took photo class in HS with Roger Pfingsten. I spent a lot of time in the closet.
I enrolled in the Indiana University Fine Arts Photography program under the excellent guidance of professors Reg Heron and Jeffrey Wolin. While in School I picked up Olympus OM3 and OM4 35mm SLRs (OM3 is my favorite camera) with the fine assortment of lenses and flashes - seen the collection below. I enjoyed blasting the dual head Olympus T45 flash - it could could shut off street lights and we may have also strobe bombed people while driving the streets at night.
At school I was out of the closet and into the submarine (student dark room hall) and into the basement where I spent quality time with the Art Schools newly acquired color drum printer. I'm not sure my mother understood why 16x20 sheets of Kodak color paper cost as much as engineering school. From there I moved to the big city with my freshly minted BFA degree and promptly discovered I probably should have gone to business school. The streets were flooded with freshly laid off catalog photographers and assistants, the economy was starting to tighten up,
I landed a gig at Gamma Photo lab for two years working with some masterful inspection film developers and working to keep my Refrema E6 sheet film rig clean and running smooth with chemicals I mixed in 40 gallon barrels two floors above while dressed like a hazardous waste removal technician. I then landed a nice gig - photo assistant at the world renown architectural photography firm of Hedrich Blessing. We traveled all over the country and I learned everything that school never taught me. An amazing place with highly skilled craftsmen behind the lens, in the darkroom and retouching room. I worked with view cameras, medium format, 35mm, flew in helicopters and hung off buildings in mid town Manhattan. In my free time I was shooting on the street and bicycle races. I made a major move from Olympus to Nikon gear solely because the Nikon had a 1/250th flash sync and the Olympus only 1/60. I still miss my Olmypus OM4 with the f1.2 50mm prime lens. I was also shifting in life by starting a family with my wonderful wife Nancy.
After two years at Hedrich Blessing where the future was slim pickings due to the recession I moved onto my first "real" job. A mac based communications firm put a kleig light on me during the interview and made me answer yes to "can you operate a dos prompt!". I've been twidling DOS prompts every since but still keeping the visual flame alive. I went full digital in 2004 with a Nikon D70. Recently day to day shooter fits in my pocket - the Nokia Lumia 1020 41meg / DNG capable Camera phone. I'm still snapping away and still loving it. Enjoy!Olympus gear - OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, flashes and lenses - 1987 Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 view camera fresh in from some snow - 1987