My interest in photography began back in the seventies when I took a close-up photography class from David Cavagnaro through the Oakland Museum. In that class we crawled on our bellies in a Yosemite meadow, photographing bugs and stuff. As a result of that class, several of my images were exhibited at the Oakland Museum. Although I was immediately interested in more photo classes, my work schedule precluded it until my retirement from the commercial real estate world some forty years later. I then enrolled in a black and white film class taught by Sean McFarland at Diablo Valley College and I was hooked.
In the year that followed, I had taken four additional photography classes, built a darkroom, acquired a medium format camera and joined the Marin Photography Club. At my first meeting of the photo club, I introduced myself to the sixty or so photographers present as one interested in film photography. A gentleman sitting next to me poked an elbow into my rib and told me that he and I were perhaps the only members in the room working with film. All others were digital photographers.
Wanting to learn the craft, I immersed myself in classes and workshops from such luminaries as John Sexton and Alan Ross. I regularly attended the member critiques at SF Camerawork. Later I joined the board at SF Camerawork and I served on that board for eight years.
While many photographers regularly upgrade to the latest technology, my latest acquisition was a Chamonix large format 4×5 field camera, conceptually unchanged in seventy years.
My photography has been shown in over twenty exhibits, the most recent: An international juried exhibition, The Shape of Things, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; A juried group exhibition, Landscape, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
Seven of my exhibits have been solo exhibits including: New Mexico, a Meditative State, Curated by Jeffrey Richardson, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM; New Mexico, a Meditative State, Plaza Galeria, Santa Fe, NM. Opening soon: What Are Men to Rocks and Mountains, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA.