I ultimately began my long and often inactive life of photography in high school, like tons of other people. Shooting with an Olympus Om manual focus rig from the late 70's. During that time, I had no clear vision of what I wanted to photograph, and put the hobby down.
I immersed myself in music and film. Primarily subversive and abrasive on both ends, feeding my compulsions with BMX bikes, mountain biking, long boarding, and eventually after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, back to photography.
What initially rekindled my passion for the medium was urban exploration and HDR photography, with a mix of long exposure landscape shooting thrown in the mix as well. But it didn't take me long to fall back toward the old manual focus SLR's I got so comfortable with in my teenage years.
My main intent with my art is to instill what I shoot with some type of nostalgia. Whether it's shooting Fuji Velvia through a less than stellar piece of glass, Tri-X 400 or HP5 for the street, and Efke 100 and other classic rolls for landscapes, not excluding Ilford's SFX200 or true IR films like Efke's IR820. And lastly I best not forget my trusty Holga for its dreamy landscapes and ultra lo-fi portraiture.
At this point I'm just enjoying being back in the analog darkroom. This regression saved my interest in the art.
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