Photography

Brownie StarflexIn one way or another I have spent most of my lifetime having a very energetic relationship with photography. The first photo I ever remember taking was when I was about 4 years old (that's over 1/2 a century ago).

I could see the camera in the next room sitting on a dresser, calling me. It was a Kodak Brownie Starflex with 127 film loaded. I still have the camera. At the time it was basically "off-limits". But I was fascinated by what it could do... I couldn't help myself... I snuck in the room, pointed it toward the ceiling so I could look at it and I snapped the shutter.

I want to believe that photo is still around somewhere but I've yet to findMy 1st photo, reenacted it. As fate would have it I'm back in that same house and a few years ago I took that picture again, albeit in a 3:2 aspect ratio with a Canon DSLR... Here it is cropped to a 1:1 aspect ratio. Pretty exciting, don't you think? Nevertheless, after this incident or at least after my worries subsided about getting into trouble for using the camera--it was a long time before that film was developed--I always wanted a camera of my own. That didn't happen until I was 9 or 10 years old. Another Kodak twin-lens camera which had sponsorship for Disneyland printed on the body. I took as many pictures as I was allowed film and processing with that camera. I still remember many of these pictures but the box containing them is the same box that contains the image of the wall lamp.

Fast forward, college... I bought my first SLR my 2nd year of college. It was a Pentax K1000. A buddy of mine and I hitched-hiked from the campus of Humboldt State University to a camera store in Eureka, CA and I asked to see the best basic SLR for learning. I probably spent way too much money on film and processing but I was hooked. I soon took every opportunity to take photographs at rock concerts, sometimes having to smuggle the camera body separated from a 135mm lens wherever they'd fit in my pants. Yes, this was not comfortable. I was never hassled once inside a concert venue. Some images I took at a Frank Zappa concert in 1977, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA., can be viewed here. The entire experience, years of this over dozens of concerts, was definitely rogue and always tons of fun. I managed to sell a number of prints over the years but probably gave more away.

In later years I did some professional photo editing work mostly destined for magazines in Europe, mostly of celebrities. I also contributed photographically for a project or two most notably a two-issue report for an Italian magazine called Gente (People) featuring the Southern California gravesites of famous people. This for the first of November national holiday in Italy, known as Tutti i Santi or Ognissanti, which celebrates all saints and is followed by All Souls Day on the second of November, a day devoted to honor loved ones who have passed away. Somebody had to do it.

In recent years I basically rediscovered my love for photography out of an interest in video production and motion graphics. I bought my first Canon DSLR in 2011. This was for the expressed purpose of rigging the camera and shooting video. In the past 5 years I'd be surprised if I shot more than an hour of video but instead typically shoot about 3,500 images a month, mostly nature. Over the past few years I've been published by National Geographic, French magazine Science & Vie, the Catalina Island Conservancy, the BBC online and Quintessence Editions, Ltd in London, U.K.

Other photos to peruse...

Our home garden 2015. Over the past several years millions of wildflower seeds have been cast on our property, creating a wonderful ecosystem for birds and butterflies (plus a few critters we're not too fond of).

My Blog, affectionately known as, the walk report.

My profile: National Geographic, Your Shot.

More, coming soon...

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