Well, here I am. Something I never thought I’d do: write a blog.
I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what my first blog would be. Then it hit me like a hit me like a seagull swooping down for a piece of bread. Write an introduction.
Who am I? I’m a photojournalist. I love news. I thrive on news. Other kinds of photography are fun, but news fills my soul.
News drives the world. News informs, educates, and can liberate. It is nothing for me to jump out of bed at 3 a.m. and race to a breaking news event. I find no problem in spending 24 to more hours working a story until I feel I’ve shot all I can and have captured the essence of the story in photographs.
But photojournalism isn’t just about photography, it’s about life.
So without further ado, I begin my blog.
When I was growing up, my dad gave me an old Minolta SRT-101, a bag with lenses & some B&W film, and all his photo books. Some were from the old Time-Life series The Camera. Others were how to books. All were film. Hell, digital wasn’t even on the radar at this point. But I read everyone of them. Most I read several times.
He gave me tons of B&W negatives, mostly of Air Force planes over Vietnam or from his base in Thailand. Those were really cool to look through.
I’d run around town pretending to take pictures. The camera never worked, but it was fun to pretend. I had a few rolls of Tri-X, but I didn’t know if it was good. Being as my dad was in the Air Force, we moved a lot. Eventually the camera disappeared, but not the seed that would grow into a career. My dad never understood that it was he which planted the seeds to my need to be creative.
After graduating high school, I joined the Navy. It was in the service I bought my first cameras and decided I wanted to become a photographer. I first fell in love with the gadgets, then I fell in love with the art.
It was after a few years of shooting that photojournalism came to be what I focused on. My first real photography job was at the Cleveland (Tenn.) Daily Banner. I fell in love with news photography.
Now, years, miles, college, and a few jobs later, I live in the Pacifice Northwest in Seattle. A freelancer doing what I love.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I pray this endeavor to be fruitful to the both of us.