I have spent more than thirty years looking at the world through a camera. I have been a freelance photographer, a staff photographer, a photo editor and a chief photographer. I have been fascinated with photography since I first saw a black & white image develop in a tray under a safe light at the age of ten. British photographer Don McCullin said the black & white darkroom experience was like a return to the womb. Where else is one bathed in soft golden light and surrounded by the sounds of trickling liquid and soft music?

Darkrooms, developers, safe lights and black & white photography are pretty much gone but I’m still here, and I love found images. These are photographs that are made in what Henri Cartier-Bresson called, “the decisive moment”, when all the elements come together to make a compelling photograph possible. If you have ever said, “I wish I had a camera”, as you stood looking at a scene, you get the idea.

These photographs are not staged, arranged or recreated for the camera. Computer manipulation is kept to a minimum. You won’t find a blue sky from Hawaii above the south rim of the Grand Canyon, or a tree from the southern hemisphere on the shore of one of the Great Lakes. Images are cropped and sized. Contrast and density are adjusted as needed, color balance is corrected and areas of the image may be dodged and burned to lighten or darken tones in the final prints.

The images are proofed and then printed under my direction on acid free heavyweight paper made from bamboo, a highly renewable source, as limited edition Giclee prints or canvas wraps. I mount, mat and frame the prints which have a light fastness rating of one hundred plus years using archival materials.

A high quality conservation grade framing acrylic with 98% UV protection and a non-glare matte surface is used to protect images from damage caused by ultraviolet rays. While glass is the traditional glazing material, it is prone to breakage. Acrylic is much more durable.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all the faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.     Henri Cartier-Bresson

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