I was trained as a family physician and produced the bulk of my photographic work while practicing medicine full time. I am a native of Long Beach, California, and now live with my wife, Beverly, in Manhattan Beach, California. In 1984 I had an epiphany of sorts: I could and would take photography beyond what pleased others, to a level that pleased myself. I had won many contests and awards. My photographs were selling to an appreciative audience, but I was not satisfied with the quality of my work.
Progressing through a variety of 35 mm and medium format cameras proved futile. I attended workshops with Galen Rowell, Stu Levy, Philip Hyde, William Neill, William Kemper and John Sexton. After studying the works of many of the photographers I admired, it struck me that what they all shared was the use of large format cameras. Accordingly I acquired an 8x10 Deardorff view camera, pictured on this page.
At last. The product matched the vision. Large enough to grace a wall without enlarging, the 8x10 inch negative was at one time the world’s standard photographic format. The bulk and difficulty traveling with this camera necessitated smaller view cameras as well, and 2-1/4 x 3-1/4, 4x5 and 5x7 formats are used from time to time. These smaller formats do require enlarging. The 8x10 camera is responsible for the vast majority of my commercial work. Negatives of this size, and larger, lend themselves to contact printing. In 2003, an 11x14 view camera was added, with the availability of larger contact prints.
All images represented on these pages are contact prints.
My family and I purchased a mountain cabin near Yosemite while our two sons were small. Retreating from busy Southern California at every opportunity gave plenty of time for photographing the wealth of scenic majesty in the Sierra. These images, from 1990 to the present are viewable at the Yosemite Gallery. From 1991 to 2000, I was an assistant Boy Scout Troop Leader, again affording numerous forays into some of the most scenic areas of the Sierra and the desert Southwest. Regardless of the destination, a camera—usually a huge one—has been a traveling companion. Images from the Landscapes of the West Gallery reflect this travel.
In May of 2003 I was diagnosed with a metastatic abdominal cancer, called GIST. I was forced to leave the practice of medicine, but was able to apply myself even more assiduously to my photographic images. Faced with an enormous backlog of unprinted negatives, I embarked on a program to print and re-print a vast body of work, and to bring it to the public. The Galleries represent only a small fraction of the negatives printed, and the printing and archiving of these prints is an ongoing project. At the same time, unwilling to merely advance older work, I will continue to add new images as long as possible. I am especially anxious to increase the number of images from the larger, more demanding, “ultra-large format” 11x14 camera.