Born in 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Discovery of my dad’s folding Kodak camera, at age 12, began an adventure that continues to this day. The high school I attended had a photography department which allowed an interest in the subject to bloom.
In 1952 a decision to enlist in the U. S. Air Force put me in a photo unit that provided an opportunity to learn how to use multiple types of still and motion picture cameras. Ending the service career, in 1956 at Orlando Air Force base in Florida, a job opportunity, with RCA optics division, was available. It required that I work at Cape Canaveral manning a variety of motion picture cameras at the beginning of the “Space Race.” Another job opportunity at the then Martin Company, now Lockheed Martin, in a new plant in Orlando FL provided me with a portfolio of still pictures of engineers at work. It was here a glimmer of my lighting concept first emerged.
This portfolio propelled me into the advertising field in 1958, where I landed a job with a top art and photography studio in the city of Chicago. Now my true love in the commercial advertising world would continue with additional experimentation on the lighting concept. This experimentation captured the minds of a variety of art directors at advertising agencies, magazines, music recording studios, and with company executives who desired to use a new and exciting approach to display their products in advertisements.
The studio was a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. I was able to achieve a Master of Photography Degree in 1976 with my commercial advertising images.
During this time my fascination with light and lighting effects evolved with the use of multiple exposure on film. Using this unique approach allowed me to develop a series of images that are now sources to use in the art exhibition field which allows me to jury into exhibitions in several art galleries in the town where I am now retired, Vancouver WA.
The digital age opened up a whole new approach to these exciting images and allowed the designs to emerge out of their cocoons, taking on a whole new meaning. Now using these lighting concepts, in combination with the DSLR, has won prizes in contests sponsored by the international Popular Photography & Imaging magazine.
A chance meeting with a group of poets revealed an uncanny attraction the abstract and natural images had to the poetry I was hearing at their monthly meetings. Collaborating with them I have now completed a book. It is titled ‘Visions of Light,” combining these unique images and poems. The book gives me an opportunity to reveal how the experimental design images were conceived and how they relate to poetry.
In revealing the techniques, used to accomplish the images in the book, I hope people with cameras and photographers in general, will be able to expand their horizons.