Over the years photography has become my creative outlet that gets me outside. It has slowed me down and helped me appreciate things that I might have walked right by and never noticed before. Getting out in nature has helped me find some balance in this crazy fast pace world that we have created. I look forward to going on hikes and even if I do not take any pictures it was still great to get out.
My interest in photography started many years ago when I was in the Navy and stationed in Naples, Italy. I went to the local NATO base and bought a 35 mm Petri film camera to take pictures of the sites around Naples. However it was actually a B&W image by Ansel Adams titled 'Clearing Winter Storm' that first made an impact on me. I wondered how a person could create such a wonderful image. This was the first time that I considered a photograph to be artwork as to me it was just a good as any other piece of art that I had seen.
For me it has always been important to have a photography project or theme to keep the motivation/creative process flowing. I believe that each geographical place you live has something interesting to photograph. At first I was mainly interested in landscape photography only. A few years later we moved and I learned to enjoy wildlife/bird photography because of the wonderful opportunities in that area. Now we have moved again and I am back to my passion for finding/creating B&W landscape images.