I have been involved with photography for about 50 years, although until retiring in 2011, time has restricted it to a personal pursuit. Now, with a bit more time available, I have expanded my involvement and I am currently showing and selling my work. I have no formal art/photography training and my education has been obtained slowly through many years of reading, viewing and practice.
I currently have gravitated to imaging flora and insects, mostly in close up or macro photography. I do minimal image manipulation other than exposure and contrast corrections, cleanup, cropping and perhaps a bit of color enhancement. I isolate my subjects by using large lens apertures and use bold colors as I strive to define what I feel is the soul of my subjects. With the exception of some of the plants that we raise, all photographs are taken as found.
Up until I converted to digital photography in 2009, I used black and white film in 35mm, medium format and 4x5 inch. I maintained a darkroom, did my film and print processing. Most of my printing was done using old processes such as platinum and gum printing. I have found new freedom in the digital age and after many years of black and white, revel in the ability to process color without huge expenditures and very tedious and exacting controls.
I have exhibited my work at various venues including a three month Spring Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 2014. I have and will continue to exhibit exhibits, galleries and at Art Fairs. I have a number of works in an ongoing display at the Creative Art Gallery.