I suppose it’s a cliche to say I’ve been interested in photography since before I can remember. And I suppose that’s not true. I remember receiving my first camera from my aunt and uncle (Dave and Carol). That was the beginning that sparked my interest in documenting the world around me. Ever since, photography has played a major part in my fascination with the natural world.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and spent much time there in the Northeast and the Midwest. In highschool I had my own darkroom and simple film SLR with one lens, which was upgraded to a nicer body early in college. The equipment didn’t change much all the way through college and grad school. However, in college my photographic eye started to develop with the help of my first photographic mentor and scientific advisor. Those critiques led me down the path of taking my photography more seriously and thinking more about composition and subject matter.
After finishing to college, I moved to Santa Barbara for grad school and was transfixed by the natural beauty of both the local area and the iconic National Parks. This lead to a phase of primarily landscape photography which was only broken by the advent of digital SLR’s. More recently, I have been taking more wildlife photos than landscape. The two types of photography definitely offer distinct challenges and that is what keeps this interesting.
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