“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
– Diane Arbus
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.
My photography career began in 1971, when 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. That led to photographing weddings, the World Series, and later, to service as a Navy officer.
After using Kodachrome and Ektachrome 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 and memories, and 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 to accomplish that.
Prints of my Paris images have been exhibited at Chicago’s Rangefinder Gallery, Stephen Bartels Gallery in London, the Stephen Bartels Gallery-Leica Gallery London Joint Exhibit, the charity auction at Christie’s for the Friends of Anton, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, and are in the permanent collection at John Rehner Gallery.
Inspired by what fellow photographer Bill Allard said after his picture of a tearful Peruvian shepherd boy motivated National Geographic readers to donate over $7,000 to replace the boy’s flock of sheep, “As photographers, we’re always taking pictures; once in a while we get a chance to give back,” I donate my share of the proceeds from sales of my fine art images to charitable causes including Secours Populaire Français, Durango’s Manna Soup Kitchen, Multiple Breed Rescue, Sheridan’s Lunch Together Soup Kitchen, and to help children attend Sage art workshops in Sheridan Wyoming.
Thank you to Alfred Eisenstaedt, Elmer Budlove, Bill Allard, David Hume Kennelly, Elliott Erwitt, and Kent Reno for their example and inspiration. Thanks to Dewitt Jones for teaching me to celebrate what’s right with the world.
To take a one-minute tour of an exhibit of my Paris images, please click the arrow below.
Hand crafted prints range in price from $25 for a 4 x 6 print to $1,000 for a framed and matted fiber-based 11 x 14 print. Every 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 print is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.
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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