Truth be told, I have a day job. I own a small CPA firm which, among many services, works with non-profit organizations. However, photography has been a deeply ingrained part of who I am. From developing film in the 1970's with my father, to adding digital work to that tradition in the mid 2000's, I have always looked for ways to document what is around me. I am self-taught, meaning I have no degree in Photography or Art. Still, I call myself a photographer because that is who I am.
Artist and Scientist
I love art and I love science. There is no better mix of the two than Photography. I taught black and white film photography in the physics lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while a student. That was the era where photography was a course in the science department because light, lenses and chemistry were the nuts and bolts of making images. Since then, I have continued the tradition of 35mm film photography working through various Ilford and Kodak bulk films, developing the images, and scanning negatives finishing with the digital workflow from that point forward. I have also adapted to digital photography both in 35mm format and medium format, using what I learned with film.
Things to Note
I have been honored that several of my images have been selected as Master Shots with Leica Fotographie International (LFI). These are shown below. I have also sold multiple prints at auction for charity and I have published several photographic collections in print.
Most recently I have started a non-profit organization called Mission Photography where I promote the education of social and humanitarian projects worldwide through documentary photography. During 2017 I finished my first work, A Fly in the Donkey's Eye about Bayonnais, Haiti. The first 20 books are signed and numbered and all of my work there has a charitable contribution component. So, donors receive a book written in the style of National Geographic and full of images that allow you to see what Bayonnais is like. Donors also receive a charitable deduction in the United States for a portion of the purchase price. Visit the Mission Photography Website or check us out on Facebook - @MPhotoNP. I have also published photographs used in the documentary work on this site.
Digital images today can be corrected in software to look like they have more contrast, more saturated colors and sharper outlines of detail. But nothing can take the place of a good glass optical system (science). Leica Camera has been creating optical formulas for lenses over 100 years. The real sharpness of Leica lenses (read, micro-contrast) coupled with a very shallow depth of field has given black and white photographs from early Leica lenses a unique and sought after look (art). Today, Leica continues to stretch the limits of possibility with respect to optics which is what draws me to use Leica equipment.
I use various Leica film cameras including a Leica M3, M6 and MP. I use various digital Leica cameras including the Leica M10, SL and S (medium format) series. My favorite lenses are the Summilux-M 75mm f/1.4, Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH, APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. I also enjoy using the 1960's Summicron 50mm f/2.0 Dual Range lens and the 1950's Leica IIIc with 1939 Leica 35mm f/2.8 lens with film. Ultimately, I find the simplistic usability of Leica cameras and the interchangeability of lenses and camera bodies provides the perfect tool.