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Selfie 3-20-2016

I was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1947 and received my BS degree in mathematics from Indiana University in 1970. Prior to doing photography full time, I worked as an aerospace design engineer on projects including custom aircraft interiors and rocket engines.

Even before doing photography in a serious way, mechanical and esthetic design was an important part of my engineering work. Drawings were done early on paper then later on state of the art 3D modeling CAD software. I think the esthetic nature of the work transferred over to my sense of what makes a good photograph.

I have been photographing the landscape of the American West since 2001, beginning with 4x5 inch transparency film, and currently a Phase One IQ180 eighty megapixel medium format digital system.

My work is shown and sold at the 29 Palms Gallery in 29 Palms, Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, The Borrego Art Institute in Borrego Springs, and JTAG in Joshua Tree, all in California. And of course through this website.

A total workflow from capturing and editing the image to producing and framing the final print is essential in producing a fine art piece of the highest quality possible. The only exceptions are acrylic face mounts which are produced by a custom lab from my prepared digital file.

My Impressions series are not straight photographs. They are rather digitally manipulated to produce an image the expresses how I felt when I was there. They have smoother details and give the photographs a painterly look. Sometimes too much detail can be a distraction that takes you away from the overall feeling of the place. Colors are often presented more intensely as well in the impression series.  I often prefer these to their "straight" counterpart and find the look refreshing.

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