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Born on the leading edge of the baby boom in Minnesota, I grew up in Utah and California in a classic post war family.  I graduated from Ventura High School in Ventura, California,  then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota followed by the University of Utah School of Medicine.  I have been a psychiatrist for 40 years specializing in the treatment children and adolescents and their families.  For many years I also specialized in treating eating disorders.  I met my wife at Carleton and we have two daughters both living within a few blocks of us.  We have a grandson and a granddaughter.

Between my introduction to photography in the early 1970s and taking up digital photography in 2007, I was a competitive runner and triathlete for more than 30 years.  I thoroughly enjoyed running and established most of my friendships on the track or the road.  Bicycling mostly replaced running recently, although in 2012 when I was making a daily photograph, many of those were taken with a small camera I carried while running.

I started photography while I was in medical school and supported my habit by working as a stringer photographer for United Press International in Salt Lake City while I was training in psychiatry.  Eventually, inspired by the work of Ansel Adams, I purchased a 4×5 view camera.  I kept that camera for 30+ years because I didn’t have the heart to part with it even though I didn’t use it for the last 20 of those years.

I do almost all my work in Adobe Lightroom having started a  few years ago in version 3.  Since them, with a change to Fuji cameras, I’m now using a workflow with On1 Photo Raw, Iridient  X-Transformer then Lightroom and back to On1 Photo Raw.  It sounds more complicated than it is and I happy with it for now.

In 2012, I began making what I described as a “thoughtful” photograph each day for the entire year.  This was a very rewarding exercise.  I found my “eye” became both sharper and more discriminating.  I’ll never again wonder if a photograph can be found close to home and work.  More than half my photographs were found within a mile from work in Research Park at the University of Utah.  I undertook the same project in 2014 and the results were similar.  However, most surprising were the changes in my style, my evolution, that were so apparent.  I have started another year long project for 2016.  I may do the same in 2018.



 My parents, my future wife and myself, spring 1967




If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t have lug a camera around.          Lewis Hine

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.                                    Groucho Marx