I’ve been a research biochemist, owner of a presentation graphics provider, in sales for a digital service bureau, head of operations for UCLA Photographic Services, and developer and manager of large scale cultural heritage digitization projects. Now I’ve turned to creation of written and visual works.
So how was it that I went from biochemistry to photography? In a word the answer is: fatherhood. For a long time I had resisted getting into photography, even though my father and father-in-law were photo enthusiasts. But a few months before my first daughter was born, I decided her life had to be documented, and documented well. I bought an SLR camera, a couple of lenses, and a strobe. I started learning the craft by reading everything I could get my hands on. There were magazines like Popular Photography, Modern Photography, Petersen’s Photographic, and Rangefinder. There were books published by Kodak and others. I learned a lot, having been bitten by the bug! When my daughter arrived, there I was, snapping away with my Kodachrome 25 and my Ektachrome 400. I still have those slides today, and I’m so glad I do. Their image quality is amazing, and everyone enjoys the memories they evoke. Over the decades I’ve benefitted from the photographic experience and expertise of many friends, colleagues, and relatives. One was a National Geographic photographer, one a commercial photographer, one a portrait photographer, one an event photographer, and others were involved in associated graphic arts, such as design, prepress, and printing. They all inform my work. Today I’m still learning, reading, and experimenting in photography. It’s a never ending process, and an endless source of inspiration.
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