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My first experience with Photography was in 8th grade. My sister was at a wedding and asked me to take pictures for her. She handed me a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash camera. That first “assignment” captured my interest. My father bought me a Kodak Retinette 1A that year for 8th grade graduation. As I entered high school I continued to take photos and began to read about the photographic process. I upgraded my equipment and became a member of the school newspaper/yearbook staff my sophomore year and became chief
photographer my junior and senior years.
I enlisted into the U.S. Navy about May of ’67 and two weeks after graduation went off to boot camp at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center. I was assigned to Photography “A” school in Pensacola Fla. And upon completion of the school was assigned to the photo lab at NAS Kingsville Tx. After my year in Kingsville I was station with CTF 116 and River Patrol Flotilla V at Bien Thuy in the Republic of South Viet Nam. While there I had a variety of photographic assignments. We were on a sort of rotation where we would be in the photographic lab about two to three week and in the field for one or two weeks a month. While not on official assignments or duty I would photograph the people and their surroundings. I was discharged from active duty in July 1970 After about a year moving from Tx. To Colorado, and back to Peoria, Illinois I ended up here in Corpus Christi Texas. I gave up photography in 1974 and resumed the art in 2007.
Because life is so rushed, we pass by hundreds of beautiful and amazing creations without notice. Typically we see only the most obvious outer layer of what surrounds us. Visually exploring the space we move through, taking time to see the beauty and intricacies of the creation around me drives me to capture images of God’s wondrous masterpieces. It is my hope and prayer that I might inspire others to see the same beauty and intricate handiwork by capturing time and space in an image painted by light. Both the grandiose and the most seemingly insignificant elements of life and space, when recognized, can fill this journey we call life with joy and wonder.