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I developed a love for photography by watching my stepfather behind the camera. He shot weddings and confirmations, and sometimes I helped with those, but it was the pictures of our family that really sparked my aesthetic sense. Whether it was capturing the intimacy between mother and child or the zaniness of popoid spacesuits, he had a knack for telling stories with pictures. So, while I was an avid reader, I developed an experiential understanding of 'a picture is worth a thousand words.'
I've been holding a camera now for most of my life, capturing images that speak to me or help me remember the detailed beauty of the world around me. I have some formal training, but have forgotten more than I know. My work, at its best, is characterized by unique framing that hopefully pays homage to what I learned growing up.
I don't consider myself a professional photographer, though if these prints start selling maybe we can change that. I would like nothing better than to walk around all day and look for great stories to shoot.
When I'm not working or taking photos, I'm probably running my mouth about something. You can check it out at http://jkotinek.blogspot.com.