I have had a passion for photography for over 40 years, originally working with film cameras but fully embracing digital photography in 2005. I was an early member of the photo sharing site Flickr and, as a discipline, have posted roughly 1 photo a day to my Flickr photo stream since 2005. I also write short vignettes to accompany many of my photos, my way of blending visual and verbal imagery.
I was a research scientist for over 30 years and studied sleep and circadian rhythms, primarily in children and adolescents, then worked for 10 years as a medical scientist for small pharmaceutical companies. I retired in 2019. Both my science and my photography have required me to develop and hone my abilities to observe, be it patterns of behavior, patterns of light and darkness, the detail of a caterpiller’s skin, or the stretch of a mountain range below storm clouds. Both have also enabled me to visit that magical place where the intensity of focus puts me squarely in the present moment and utterly involved with the object of that focus. Now that I am fully and happily retired, I have time to focus on curating and showing my work.
Although I’m particularly drawn to making images with deep, rich, old-world colors, I can’t keep from shooting everywhere and everything. I’m not a purist and alter my photos every chance I get. I figure the first alteration to the scene comes when I pull out my camera and choose my frame. The second one comes when I choose the settings. It’s all down- or up-hill from there.