Two of my greatest passions in life are travel and photography. Traveling on family vacations as a youngster helped develop my desire to see places outside of my home state of Maryland. Further travel through previous military and current work assignments broadened my view of the world via experiencing other cultures and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. It’s made me better appreciate my own home and culture as well as the people and lands I’ve visited.
My love for photography began during a tour of military duty (USAF) in Berlin, Germany, merely to document my visit there. There was so much history in this city and I wanted to capture every moment of my travels. This extended not only to Berlin but throughout my travels while in Europe. I bought my first camera, a 35mm Fujica ST801, and took pictures of everything. As a result, photography became my passion. While I have an assortment of 35mm cameras, I’ve grown to love the digital format and having complete creative control over photo imaging. I shoot exclusively in the digital format today with Canon cameras and an assortment of lenses and other photographic tools.
Essentially self taught, I read photographic periodicals to help develop various photographic techniques, in addition to active involvement in photography clubs, hands-on practice, etc. I also credit my photographic growth to surrounding myself with a number of very good photographer friends. I’ve been told that I’ve developed a “third eye,” as I’ve learned to capture images that many might otherwise overlook. I've mastered further photographic enhancements via post-processing techniques.
While I will photograph anything that catches my eye, I find I have a special fondness for elements of design, black and white, and fine art photography. I currently serve as Assistant Organizer in the Chicagoland Digital Photography (CDP) Meetup Group, with membership surpassing 4,200 photography enthusiasts. In addition to exhibiting on this website, some of my images have been published in the Capture My Chicago Photography coffee table books. I've had my images displayed in local photo galleries such as Gallery 7 (Joliet, IL), winning an award in their juried exhibition.