Travel, Photography and What-not

July 24, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Mid-Atlantic Fly Over

Photography started off for me as a means to record my experiences to share with family and friends. It stemmed from my love of travel, which has only developed since around the turn of the century. Neither played a role during my childhood — it wasn’t really until my university days that I first flew on an airplane or even picked up a “real” camera that used film and required processing in an old-school darkroom. Even then, photography and travel weren’t something I would have considered as things to be passionate about — not even a daydream. I would have never imagined that life would bring me to all of the places that I have been and would have brought me all of the experiences that came with it.

My university studies in Studio Art and the Internet boom are what led me to my main profession today as an Internet Consultant/Designer/Programmer; however, it was my life after University that led me to an interest in travel. My first experience came in the latter half of 1999 when my wife (girlfriend at the time) was studying abroad in Europe as part of her MBA program. I was left behind in the states, but I took the opportunity to visit her before she returned. We traveled from Brussels (where she was living at the time) to Paris, London, and Rome. I felt like a gopher from over-usage of the public transportation system, never getting a sense of where anything was — one location could easily have been a few blocks away from the other. Luckily, fate brought me back to all of these cities allowing me to become familiar enough to know how far point “A” would actually be from point “B”.

Left to right: Scaffolding and Tram Lines (Brussels); A Gothic Masterpiece (Paris); Guys and Dolls on Oxford Street (London); and The Trevi Fountain (Rome) (Selected images of Brussels, Paris, London and Rome)

Shortly after getting married in 2000, my wife’s career moved us to Europe — first to Berlin for a couple of months and then to England for six months. It brought us back to the states to live in Michigan and Texas for a few years before returning to Berlin in 2006, where we spent nearly four years. At the beginning of 2010, we found ourselves living in Texas once again and for who knows how long. And yes, I’m quite fortunate that my own career affords me a great deal of flexibility, allowing me to be so geographically mobile when my wife’s career path changes.

Throughout these last 10+ years, we have traveled to many places and experienced many things. And, I found having a camera at hand more and more essential. The images I capture are mainly “in the moment” and rarely ever planned. No time for retakes — my wife, who is my primary travel companion, is often not-so-patiently waiting. The location may be a once-in-a-lifetime visit, somewhere to return to later in life (perhaps again and again), or somewhere within exploring distance of my current residence. It’s the now, and then it’s in the past.

It was not until my second time in Berlin that my desire to explore my immediate surroundings began to develop, which I didn’t take advantage of  before at the many stops along the way. Now that I am once again living in the states, I have felt there is much for me to discover locally —  and nationally. And, of course, Europe has us coming back for more on a yearly basis. My photography continues to grow as I branch out and experiment with new equipment and new experiences, while I continue with my main profession.

This all leads me now to the purpose of this website, in which I hope to share all of these personal experiences and promote my ever growing library of fine art photography. Much to share, so I gladly welcome you to tag along. Enjoy!


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