My background and inspiration in dramatic lighting, nature, animal and travel photography

I got my start in photography 30 years ago when my parents gave me a used Minolta SRT-102 35mm film camera.  It came with all the lens and accessories I needed except the film, which, being a broke teenager, was not cheap to purchase and process.  Photographing everything under the sun, my photography was very uneven, and, in college, I drifted away from photography to save money. 

In college, I was never happy with my film photography, which felt flat and disappointing. This was partly due to the fact that I wasn’t spending enough time shooting because I was pinching pennies as a student. So, I largely gave it up for a while, until consumer digital cameras became affordable. The photography bug never went completely away so I jumped back into it, purchasing a Canon point-and-shoot followed by the venerable Nikon D300 digital SLR.  

I also began to move away from a purely “documentary” style of shooting to embrace dramatic lighting and an increasing focus on black and white and de-saturated color photography. Two of my favorite painters are Caravaggio and Rembrandt, well-known for their use of dramatic, emotive lighting. In the field of photography, the work of Ansel Adams and the early black and white film photographers were fascinating. They are in a different league from me, but they inspire me to strive toward continually improving my own work. 

My work now largely focuses on nature, animal and travel photography. Hiking in serene wilderness or exploring new cultures and corners of the world are my favorite activities, and my camera is a faithful companion on these travels. I hope you enjoy this selection of photographs and feel free to contact me with any comments.