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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, I’m now working in version 5. NIK Silver Efex Pro is a superb plugin for black and white work. In 2013 I set a goal to learn about Photoshop. I learned a little but have a very long way to go. I also began working with high dynamic range and panorama images the same year. I’m now using the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 extensively.
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.
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