At around age 10, I picked up my dad’s old Argus camera and bought a roll Tri-X Pan from the drugstore in downtown Grayslake, Illinois…and I was hooked. (Note: Photo by Joe Miller: Joe Miller Photography, Thanks Joe!)
From that early age, I was a big fan of Ansel Adams and he became one of my boyhood heroes. His black and white landscape photography moved me. Most tweens and teens had posters of The Monkees or Claudia Schiffer…I had Ansel Adams posters. As a kid, I almost exclusively shot black and white, mostly because of the economics…but also because I was blessed enough to have my father help me build a darkroom in the basement of the house in Grayslake for B&W work. So I learned to “roll my own,” (film that is :), the other stuff came later)…and I spent countless hours inhaling copious amounts of fixer.
I take pictures for the sheer joy of it, I love being behind the lens. My favorite kind of shooting now is people (portraits), sports and landscape photography around beautiful San Diego. I have dabbled in astrophotography and someday, when I have the time and the patience, I would love to do more. For now, it is mostly Travel Soccer, Friday Night Lights and, when I am lucky, College Level Sports.
You can check out my Flickr pics here:
Note: the football sets marked with a 2 are my friend Al Rhodes’ shots. Check Al out here: Rhodes Photography
If you want to contact me about taking some pictures for you, or if you want to know what the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow is (African or European!), use the Contact link and fire away.
That Ansel! He is So Hot right now!