I’ve always enjoyed taking picture even as a kid. My dad let me use his old Brownie camera to take pictures. Much to his chagrin I used most of the film to shoot mud puddles, turtles and frogs since I spent most of my childhood at the local creek hunting turtles, frogs and fishing.
I attended graduate school in Denver and then went on to my first job in Tacoma, Washington. During the 60’s I spent most of my time hiking and mountain climbing in Colorado and Washington State. I always had a camera with me. When we had a photo session after a climb everyone used to laugh because my photos always had a rock or tree in the foreground.
In the late 60’s I moved back to Wisconsin and my interest changed to international travel. I traveled through South Amercia Africa, Asia and Europe again with my camera in hand. On these trips I was primarily interested in landscape photography and the life of the residents. I was particularly interested in documenting farming methods. I have thousands of slides from this period but have not converted them to digital images.
I lost interest in photography in the early 80’s and put my camera away and didn’t take it out until the late 80’s when my son was old enough to take hiking. With my interest in hiking rekindled the camera came back out. I spent this time concentrating on landscape photography in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota. I also spend a number of years hiking in the canyonlands of Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Most of these photos were preserved on print format and have not been converted to digital.
After Retirement in 2005 I became more serious about photography. I made the switch to a digital camera and started reading photography books and photography magazines to improve my efforts. In retirement I have continued my interest in Landscape photography but have also added bird and macro photography to my areas of interest. At this point I don’t have a particular specialty in photography. To borrow a phrase from gardening I tend to shoot what is in season. In the winter its snow, ice and birds, in the spring flowers, in the summer waterfalls, flowers, birds and butterflies and in the fall leaves. If anything would describe my efforts it would be intimate nature regardless of the subject.
Although I sometimes sell a photo I still look upon photography as a hobby rather than a business and have been reluctant to market my photos. I have had photos published in Birds and Blooms and Bird Watching Magazine. I sometimes enter photos in contests and have had several published on regional newspapers. Several of my photos were selected as the Editors Choice in the Wisconsin Trails photo contest. I’ve also had a number of photos published in the Annual Great Lakes Photo Contest Calendar. Most recently I was awarded two first places in the River Alliance Photo Contest. One for Animals and another for Plants. I was also a presenter at a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Symposium entitled “Capturing the Essence of Place”. Most rewarding was the request of the daughter of a local resident to use my photos of Hoffman Hills in the memorial service for her father. He donated the land that became Hoffman Hills Recreation Area and it is one of my favorite local sites for photography.