Born in Ohio and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have bounced around the country and finally landed for good in Greensboro. I really love this city. I love the big trees. I love how people hold doors for each other, and say, "Hello" when passing. I love the (relatively) low traffic and how a 15‑minute drive gets you pretty much anywhere in town. I love the distinct character of the towns of the Triad area. I love our festivals and arts. I love the history of the area. I love the people I have met and look forward to meeting more in the coming decades.
Photography is a life-long hobby that has became a second career. I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. I spent my engineering career, which spanned several technology companies, building computer hardware for computer visualization systems. We built amazing systems that helped improve aircraft design, train Air Force pilots, find oil, and fight disease. It felt good. Eventually, the PC graphics industry took over the visualization markets; solving important problems took second place to selling games. That shift in the industry and the loss of a baby reset my priorities on my family, and spending my time in a way that creates true value.
Photography has always been about stopping the world, just for a moment, and breathing it in. Photographs create the opportunity to look back and conjure a smile, and sometimes a tear, as we revisit that moment again. That defines "time well spent" to me. Photographs are slices of our lives. These moments are sometimes forgotten, yet they come back unexpectedly. Like when a child opens an old family album and asks, "Was this you?" (Or, as my daughter once asked, "Why wasn't I at your wedding?") Focusing my time on creating those moments feels good. I love what I do, and what I can do for the people I work with.
Sometimes I joke that I'm a photographer because I can't draw. There is truth in this. On the flip side, photography is all about light. Literally, it means "Light Drawing" based on the Greek root of Photo and Graph. I understand light. My engineering background melds seamlessly into the crafting of light to make an image so much more than "a nice pic." In the end, photography is all about a creative process, which gets back to spending time: taking the time to try something and see what happens, taking the time to laugh, taking the time to create memories.
I view photography as an exercise in life-long learning. To that end, I am always learning from other professionals and amateurs. I attend at least one in‑person course each year, as well as utilizing online resources. I often learn from photographers whose style doesn't match my own; it challenges me to see in a new way, and I always walk away with a new approach to my art. Photography is a never‑ending learning experience and a medium of infinite creativity. I am a proud member of the national and state professional organizations: Professional Photographers of America, and the Professional Photographers of North Carolina.