I know the importance that photographs play in our lives. One simple photograph can say more than a hundred words could ever begin to describe. One photograph can bring you to tears filled with either joy or sorrow. They are not just objects of art but also tell a story. Photographs are ageless, even if they fade or become tattered and torn, they are still cherished from generation to generation keeping memories alive.
I’ve always been interested in photography as far back as I can remember. My father was a photography enthusiast and I traveled many places all over the globe with him as he captured life’s moments as they happened. When I was old enough, my father handed down his 35mm camera to me. I don’t recall the brand but I do recall it had screw mounted lenses, nothing automatic and it weighed a ton . . . I was hooked!
I learned out the hard way to never leave home without your camera. January 17, 1994, I was on the freeway early morning heading to Van Nuys and was about 10 minutes from Northridge when the large magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake struck. I saw and witnessed things that no one else did; blue sparks in the sky as transformers snapped, overturned vehicles, buckled roads, spot fires, water main breaks, and citizens taking action. That moment changed me and I now never leave the house, even if I am only going to the market, without my camera. As you can see in some of my crude firestorm titled photos, these are not award winning pictures but do show the dangers faced by every day people traveling and getting cornered by a wild fire.
All of photographs on this website were taken by myself and are a small sampling to the extensive photo library I have accumulated over the years. I own three Nikon cameras; a D5200, D80 and a Coolpix S9600. The majority of the current photographs were shot with the Nikons, some actually with my cellphone, but the vast majority of the older photos were taken with one of the 5 Panasonic Lumix cameras that I use to own and a few with an old Olympus and some even older photos that have been scanned from photos taken with my Minolta 35mm camera.
I highly recommend Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Systems for photo editing. I only do simple editing, none of the sky switching or adding other elements. I like to display photos as they appeared to me, so if I visited a castle on a cloudy and gloomy day then that’s what I show.
Photography to me is like a photo essay of places I have been, things I have seen . . . all delivered with my special twist, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.