Pondering the Meaning of Life at the Cherry Blossom Festival

My early influences: I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, with a few years in Lexington, Kentucky. My dad had a Minolta 35mm SLR that he would get out from time to time, just on a normal Saturday afternoon with nothing special going on, and would shoot. This taught me that photography was not something you did only on special days – snapshots on birthdays and holidays – it was telling a story that showed day to day life in captured moments of time. When I grew older, he taught me more about shooting; exposure and focus and basics of composition.

My first camera: Was nothing fancy. I got it for my tenth birthday; a simple Vivitar 35mm auto-focus, auto-exposure camera. We took rolls of film to the Eckerds Drug Store on Winters Chapel Road. In those days you had to print the whole roll of film, the good and the bad. It’s one of the things I like most about digital photography – the chance to choose the prints from all the images you have.

The wayback machine: I saved my money from my summer job and bought my first digital camera in 2000. I splurged and paid the $450 for the Kodak camera that offered one whole megapixel. A million pixels per square inch! Who’d a thunk it?

Now: I shoot with Canon gear. Washington D.C. has so many fascinating places and people to shoot. The hard part is climbing out of the whirlpool that is the business of living and taking some time to relax, enjoy, and create.  That’s part of why I created this site here, to take every day, one day at a time.

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