Reflections as I begin a new year:
I have been fortunate in my life that photography has been my only profession. Since beginning as a photo journalist over 40 years ago, making the move to studio photography several years later as the owner of several portrait/wedding studios, and now as a fine art photographer, I have earned my living with my cameras. It has not been an easy road but I would not change it or trade it for a cube and a desk.
From the moment I first saw the image swim up out of the developer in the dim light of the darkroom, I was hooked.
A lot has changed since then. My current students have never seen a darkroom or developed a roll of film. The technology is new and constantly improving. It is a challenging and exciting time to be a photographer.
When I started in photography many of the important techniques like: lighting methods, developer formulas, posing people, and what lens to use and when to use it were considered proprietary information of the studio where you worked. Information, NEVER to be shared with anyone. After all, this knowledge gave them a competitive edge over the other studios in town. It was not uncommon in those days to have your staff sign a secrecy agreement as a condition of employment. Since I always felt that it was better to share the knowledge, I have taught photography almost from the beginning.
In this coming year I am planning to increase my teaching time. More classes at the Art School and the addition of some private classes and workshops that can be more in depth than what I am able do at the Art School. If you are interested in learning…Watch This Space!!