For as long as I can remember I've had an interest in photography. For me it started at a young age. I honestly don't remember (but perhaps my parents do!) when but I used a disposable camera (if I recall correctly) to shoot straight up a massive fissure inside a cave. I recall my mother telling me at the time it wouldn't turn out. What developed out of that image was an amazingly layered shot that ended in black. Looking at it most people would have no idea what the shot is of. Somehow, that little disposable camera with it's built-in flash created an extremely interesting image that has been hanging ever since in my parents homes.
Although not apparent at the time, this was just the beginning. My father also dabbled in photography but mostly before I really began to develop an interest in it. He did however let me play with his 35MM Canon SLR which to me was just an awesome treat. Then at some point he would even let me borrow it! I ran a good amount of rolls of film through that camera which ultimately ended with me purchasing a 35MM Canon Rebel. Although I didn't run a ton of film through it the interest was there and then the opportunity finally presented itself and I purchased a friends used Canon EOS 20D. I ran more shorts through that camera than I can recall and loved every minute of it. In 2009 I finally got serious and purchased a brand new 50D and I've ran well in excess of 20,000 images through that camera. Couple that with some fun lenses (my favorite is a Sigma 10-20MM ultrawide) and you've got an absolute obsession and passion that consumes a good portion of my free time.
My style is eclectic. Although I tend to lean heavily in the landscape / architecture realm, I've begun dabbling in portraiture. Recently I photographed a friends wedding (Thanks Gregg!) and after looking at the shots realized that maybe, just maybe, I could shoot people other than my daughter. I also tend to focus on the B&W realm as I feel it just gives the image a whole different feel and character. So to surmise my shooting style and also quote a great friend I find shooting with more and more - "I can not name the style of photography I do since really it is just me shooting what I see at the time.".
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