I present here a bit of the world through my eyes. I prefer alleys to streets, country roads to interstates, and broken things to new. When walking along with my camera I'm looking up and down more than straight ahead.
The photos in this gallery are a mix of film and digital, medium format, 35mm, and other. I've shot too many cameras to list and too many different types of film to remember.
But I have these to show for it.
In the process of pulling together some photos for this website, I realized that I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years. I think I’ve lost more than I have, too. Sadly, I don’t have old film shots from years ago and somewhere along the way, it seems some digital files have also disappeared. I’m hoping they are on an old external hard drive somewhere.
But for today, this is enough. I present here photos that I like enough to hang on my walls.
I’m not a nature photographer at all. I respect them, the people willing to stand out in all weather for hours, or days, waiting to get an amazing shot of some animal in the wild. That’s not me. I stick with more domesticated animals, or whatever I can shoot close to home, food, and a bathroom.
I separated the photos in this gallery from the People Gallery, as these give me a special feeling. I haven’t included photos of my entire family,yet, but in here are some photos that I like that I’ve taken over the years. I have many many more to add when I get the time.
This is a risky gallery, as I don’t want to piss anyone off. But here it is, a gallery of some of my friends that I’ve taken over the years. I have many more to add as time goes on, and I’m sure I’ll be taking many more when our paths cross. “Oh, I'm a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love.” ~ Eddie Vedder
I moved to Germany Halloween of 2020 to be with my love and partner. If you look at the miles of film, and the mountains of pixels, I’ve shot since then, you’ll see Julia is my favorite subject. I think she’s learned to ignore me when I point whatever camera I’m testing at her. But if I’m lucky, she’ll lift her head and show me her magical smile.
This is fun. I’ve just dumped a bunch of shots that were “mistakes,” but I like them anyway. Maybe they are double exposures, or the first or last shots on a roll, but, for some reason, I like them. I’m not a hoarder. I have a lot of photos that are so bad they can’t even make it into the Oops Gallery. Enjoy.
Maybe it’s because of my early years as a photojournalist, but I like my photos unretouched. What you see is what you get. I don’t remove pimples or scars or distractions in the background. I do adjust tonal values of images, and I’ve been known to remove scratches created in the film development process. But the pictures are what the camera captured in a moment in time.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel around and see what I consider to be interesting things. A lot of the time I have a camera in hand and attempt to capture what I’m seeing. I share with you here some shots along the way. Some are shot with film, others digital. Some are shot with cameras and a lot of the time I just walk around with my iPhone. I shoot what I have.
I didn’t consider myself a “portrait photographer” until I looked at all of the photos I’d take over the years and realized I seem to be drawn to it. I like the challenge of capturing a person’s nature in a single photograph. If I’m lucky, that photograph even tells a little story about the person in front of the lens. But I don’t do weddings…or babies…or anything upon request.
Sometimes as I’m walking along, a scene jumps out as one I need to capture. I’ll grab whatever I have and hope for the best. Believe it, or not, I’m still quite shy about it. I certainly don’t want to get caught. I prefer asking permission, but often I’ll just hide my camera and snap as I walk by, then anxiously checking what I got when out of range.
I was photographing this little guy day one of his life. And I’ve taken warehouses of pictures since. He’s so fun and easy to shoot. Maybe all kids are. I have warehouses of pictures of my kids, too. But I think there is a rule somewhere that states that grandchildren of photographers get the most shots.
Sometimes when I’m shooting something, I’ll zoom in, or out, and the whole subject changes. What was once a building is now just a repeating pattern of windows. What once looked like an auditorium is now just a pattern of chairs. I love finding textures as I photograph, and sometimes it’s just as simple as stepping closer to the subject before shooting.
Someone once commented on one of my social media posts “You photograph the most interesting things.” I replied that I like to think I take photos of the most boring things, and try to make them look interesting. Truth is, I’m easily entertained and if I’m walking along, it doesn’t take much for me to stop and get a shot of it.