A native of Phoenix, Arizona during the late 1970’s while in high school I was heavily involved in film photography. I guess that not only makes me old, but “old school” as well. My brother and I had our own darkroom at home and we were both enrolled in photography classes with a teacher who had no affection for us whatsoever. After high school I spent a good portion of my youth traveling the world in the US Navy where I shot a lot of film from a Canon AE-1. After the navy I found myself in all kinds of exotic unconventional places and war zones as a shipboard radio officer in the US Merchant Marine.
Later in life when I realized I had some kind of aptitude for it, I began to earnestly study drawing and painting and was an apprentice of a rather famous artist named Lorango Cotti from whom I learned much. I also studied at the Scottsdale Artists School for quite a few years as well as various other schools.
Although I still occasionally paint, in recent years I have turned my focus back towards photography, mainly because of the satisfaction of getting more immediate results from it. My painting background been immensely helpful, however, especially in terms of composition.
A few local photography completions…
- Leica M6 Rangefinder
- Bronica ETRSi 6×4.5 Medium Format
- Rolliflex 3.5F Medium Format
- Intrepid Mk IV 4×5 Large Format
- Canon AE-1 35mm
- Fujifilm X100V Rangefinder
- Fujifilm X-T4
And a bunch of associated prime lenses for both categories.
I currently have a well stocked darkroom with a 4×5 enlarger and Jobo developing equipment.
Thank you for your interest!