Every image displayed in this website comes from my own cameras except – ironically – for the picture of me that appears on this page. Jim Schmid, an excellent local photographer, took this shot a couple of years ago and was kind enough to give me permission for its use. You may see more of his work by clicking here.
I have been photographing cars and people since high school, when I borrowed my father’s Canon AE-1 and 50mm lens. Those early pictures were not very good, and I have shoeboxes full of nostalgic – but useless – images to prove it. My family laughs now about how much film I ate up on vacations as I tried to document cars in parking lots that I would never see on the streets of our small Mississippi town.
In college, I took several semesters of art photography. I learned every step of the process, from adjusting the camera’s settings to printing the pictures in the darkroom. Remember darkrooms and prints?
While I have never tried to live solely as a photographer, taking pictures has figured heavily into every aspect of my career. I think of myself as a writer who takes his own pictures, but that doesn’t stop me from improving my photography skills and equipment at every opportunity.