Photography has always been in my blood.  I can remember as a kid my father using his Canon AE-1 constantly taking photographs.  Especially on our vacations.  He didn't travel lite either.  No one body one lens set ups.  He brought everything.  Lenses, gels, filters, tripod and flashes.  Constantly reloading rolls of film.  I remember viewing the endless trays of slides from various events.  My father loading the slide projector after propping it up on a small tray table.  Hanging a sheet which eventually gave way to a real screen.  Us on the couch and my dad next to the viewer.  That distinctive clicking sound as one memory disappears and a new one that is all but a mystery until it appears on the screen.  Dad moves fast my Mom and I are constantly asking him to go back.  The tray finally ends and the screen is white.  Not to worry because we have an endless amount of slides and a ton of memories.  I grow up and learn the basics of photography in high school shooting the familiar trusty Canon AE-1 our school lends out for the course.  I learn to develop film.  I enter my twenties and I'm so consumed with every day life that photography all but disappears from my life.  I get a little older, I become a father and I buy a Canon Digital rebel and realize things have changed.  That camera leads the way until I graduate like all of us into newer models which are released year after year.  I never get rid of the Canon Rebel.  I pass it onto my daughter at the age of 5 .  She shows the same enthusiastic curiosity as I did when handling my fathers AE-1.  At the age of 38 I was given my fathers old AE-1 and the first photographs I have taken with that camera were of my daughter who is now 8.  I returned to film briefly shooting mostly medium format systems as well as my Canon F1 or Leica M6.  This was mostly for personal projects.  Where I am today as a photographer emulates how I was as a child.  I press the shutter button every single day without fail.  I believe the more you do something the better you become.  I try things even if they fail.  I shoot professionally with he same enthusiasm as when I shoot personally.  I'll use whatever equipment I can get in my hands and I'm always excited for the results.  I'm certainly not the best but what is the best? Is there a best?  I shoot what appeals to me because photography is in my heritage.  I see the world in highlights and shadows, constantly framing and looking for tonality.  It makes the world more beautiful in my eyes.


 Savannah Age 8 using my handed down Canon Rebel.

Savannah Age 8 using my handed down Canon Rebel.