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. Being able to get outside and go hiking has helped me find some balance in this crazy fast pace world that we have created 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. It was amazing to me how a person could create such a beautiful image with a camera. 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.
I have gone through many phases in my photography work but now I am back to my passion for finding/creating B&W landscape images. Working with B&W images gives me more of a creative freedom to experiment with contrast, tonality and light for a more dramatic image.