“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
– Marc Riboud
“Yes, I sold buttons to earn living. But I took pictures to keep on living. Pictures are my life – as necessary as eating or breathing.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
My love of photography began when I read The Eye of Eisenstaedt. Shortly after that, my aunts Margaret, Julia, and Evelyn gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera for Christmas. When Bobby Kennedy came to Northwest Indiana in 1968, I took his picture with that camera, which I still have.
In 1971, the Glen Park Herald bought my pictures of fellow students at Gary, Indiana’s Lew Wallace High School who walked out to protest a teachers’ strike that would have prevented seniors from graduating. Wearing my camera that day was the first step in a journey that led me to photograph weddings, cover the World Series, serve as a Navy officer, realize photography can share the joy, one print at a time - and that donating prints is another way to give back.
After working with Kodachrome for years, in 2005, I brought a roll of Tri-X film on a trip to Wisconsin to photograph great grey owls. The resulting images brought me back to my roots in black and white.
Photography is about using light to preserve and share life’s most cherished moments. To express my vision, I continue to rely upon the tonal range and texture of black and white film printed on gelatin silver paper in a traditional wet darkroom.
My prints have been exhibited at Chicago’s Rangefinder Gallery, Stephen Bartels Gallery (SBG) in London, the SBG-Leica Gallery London Joint Exhibit, the charity auction for the Friends of Anton, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, and are in the permanent collection at John Rehner Gallery.
Although I’m retired, photography remains my way of giving back to the world, and to thank the people and places who have welcomed my camera and me.
Thank you to Alfred Eisenstaedt, Elmer Budlove, David Kennerly, Bill Allard, Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud, and Kent Reno for your example and inspiration. Thanks to Dewitt Jones for teaching me to celebrate what’s right with the world, and to Dennis Stock for your kindness to Lucky.
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“Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul.” - Victor Hugo
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“There’s nothing finer than putting a piece of paper in chemical and seeing an image come up. That’s magic. They used to burn people at the stake for that.” - Stanley Greene