Photography has been a part of my life for a long time.
But I think it’s fair to say that I go to interesting places to take pictures, it’s also accurate to say that many times the travels there are just as interesting if not more so.
Self expression is important for the interest, since I have not talent to paint or draw. I won’t go as far as calling myself the A word. If we stop growing we might as well be dead. So, photography is a way to grow. But photography is also an excuse: a excuse to travel; a excuse to be adventurous ; an excuse to be curious and a excuse to explore photographic topics unimaginable twenty years ago or for that matter; yesterday.
Though raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland,,Or. has been home for 30+ years. In Portland my wife, Judy and I raised two wonderful kids and worked as a research and development electronic engineer, accumulating three patents along the way.
Soon after retiring my wife and I bought a 37 foot sailboat to travel. We spent nine to ten months each of those six years we spent on the boat, sailing to Mexico from Portland, then on to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cost Rica, Panama, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas then on up the east coast of the USA. A wonderful trip.
Since returning to Portland I’ve made Photography a priority – pushing to improve – working to find, a style , explore themes , stories while always improving Lightroom and Photoshop skills. Every once in awhile I get sidetracked on woodworking or some single board computer project and software. But eventually like any circle life arrives back at the beginning.
I’m also a member of Portland Photographers Forum – a great group.