I was given my first camera, a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10, as a Christmas present at age eleven. My parents saw my potential and gave me a real camera, a Canon Canonet G-III 17, a few years later. It was on a trip to Europe at age 21, with that Canon in hand, that I first realized I had a photographer's eye. I was captivated by that feeling of having made something of beauty. I bought my first SLR, a Yashica 230-AF Super, in 1992. I finally made the switch to digital in 2005 with the purchase of a Canon EOS 5D, and there's no going back.
After graduating from college, I worked as a software engineer for eleven years, and then studied theology for another eight, during which time I developed my skills and love of photography in my spare time. I studied at Focal Point photography school, in Vancouver, BC, and have also taken workshops through Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Cascades Academy of Photography in Issaquah, WA. My travels all over the world, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which has been my home since 1985, have provided much of my inspiration.
My photography focuses mostly on nature and wildlife, humor, abstracts, macro, and portraiture. I have shown my work in the Lookout Gallery in Vancouver and the chapel of the Menno Simons Centre. My photos are in private collections in the US and Canada. In addition to my own creative work, I also do private tutoring in photography, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
I do my photography for the joy of it and to be a blessing to others. So many people today are overworked, overstressed, depressed, and otherwise disengaged from the fullness of life. I strive to create art which brings a sense of rest for the weary, motivates an appreciation for the wonder of creation, causes the viewer to take notice of something easily overlooked, and occasionally provides a chuckle to lift the spirits.
I love the elegance and ingenuity of well-crafted technology. Fine photography is mostly a combination of technical skill and artistic vision, with a small measure of luck thrown in, but great equipment is a big plus. I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D digital SLR and Canon L series lenses (currently a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8). I do post-processing on a Dell XPS700 computer with Photoshop CS2 running on Windows XP. All are excellent tools which rarely give me cause to complain, leaving my mind free for the creative energy to flow.