The photography bug got a hold of me during my teen years. That was during the days of Kodak Instamatic film cameras and square flash bulbs. The drawback to it was I never knew what I was going to get back from the photo lab. The vision I would have in my mind’s eye always ended up being different than the final print. I found it to be very hit and miss.
After many photographic failures, I decided I needed to get a better camera and get some training in the art of photography. I bought my first Nikon system in 1982. That camera plus several lenses served me well over many years.
My photographic training consisted of voraciously reading every book or magazine having to do with photographic techniques or how to get better pictures. I also took a few workshops. The most rewarding was with renowned adventure photographer, the late Galen Rowell. After that 3-day workshop, I was hungry for any education I could get. Shortly afterwards I joined my local chapter of the Photographic Society of America where I was able to submit my photos for critique to their judges on a monthly basis. That experience gave me not only techniques in lighting, composition and camera tricks of the trade, but it also taught me what makes a great photograph and what makes a mediocre photograph.
With that education under my belt and armed with the things I’d learned, I started winning various awards in the photographic competitions I entered. I had two photographs win “Best of Show” in different years at our local County Fair. One year was for a color seascape and another year was for a black & white infrared.
Over the years I expanded into the digital realm with new and more complex camera systems commonly in use today. I have kept with the Nikon brand—it has served me well.
My philosophy is that each image needs to communicate a specific message to the viewer. That viewer can contribute his own ideas or thoughts to that photograph. For example, a photograph of early morning mist rising on a lake with a dramatic mountain in the background could bring up ideas of peacefulness, serenity, beauty or it could bring up experiences the viewer has had that he associates with special moments in his life. The viewer is the person that contributes this interpretation to the image. If my images don’t do this, I didn’t do my job.
The images in this website are a compilation of many years spent in the mountains, in the National Parks, in the deserts and by the shores. Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Arizona and Florida have been my primary geographic places of exploration.
All my photos are for sale. You can purchase them in many sizes. I have chosen metal as my media of choice to offer them to you. Metal prints don’t need frames and they are ready to hang on a wall when you get them. I also have several books and an annual calendar which features a variety of subjects and geographic areas.
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As a last note you may wonder how the name “Lightwriter” came about. I love derivations of words. When you look in the dictionary you will find the following derivation:
Photo-: Greek word for light
-graphy: Greek word for writing
photography means: writing with light (Lightwriter)
Over the years I have made every effort to make my images have an impact on the viewer; specifically, a clear communication. I like more than anything to see or hear about the reaction of someone who sees one of my photographs and know that it gave them joy, a smile, an “Oh Wow” moment, jogged some pleasant memories or gave them simply a dash of happiness.
I have received a variety of awards or accolades. It gives me great pleasure, of course, that people admire them. But that isn’t what drives me. I get a deep sense of place and aliveness when I am out in the wilderness making pictures of creatures large and small, landscapes, oceans and forests. That is what excites me. If I can awaken in the viewer a feeling of wonder or awe for what I have witnessed, that is what I important to me.
Sea of Serenity Best of Show – 1991
BEST OF SHOW Black & White – 1995
This photograph was taken on infrared print film. The “Phantom” is actually an outdoor statue made by Polish sculptor, the late Charles Albert Szukalski. To make the life-size ghost figure, Szukalski wrapped a live model in fabric soaked in wet plaster and posed him. When the plaster set, the model was slipped out, leaving the surrounding shroud which was quite rigid. With more refining, Szukalski then coated the figure with fiberglass making it impervious to weather.