I’ve always been interested in the visual world of photography, but in 2007 that interest began to grow from a hobby to something more. I was in Boca Raton, Florida visiting with family while on vacation. On a lark I decided to visit the local art museum to see an exhibit on photojournalism. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the work of David Binder. Binder had photographed a family dealing with the ravages of A.I.D.S. upon Gail Farrow, the mother/wife of the family. One of the last photos in the exhibit showed the family grieving in the cemetery after the death of Gail. It’s one of those photographs that’s a punch to the stomach. The emotions it captures takes your breath away, makes you think, makes you realize that there is something unique and powerful to this art form.
The photo haunted me for months, turning up in my mind on boring weekends when there was nothing else to do. And that photo planted a seed in my mind. A seed that blossomed into the idea of obtaining a SLR and becoming proficient with it. Not just to capture images, but to tell stories that needed to be told and needed to be seen. I had fiddled around with a few cameras before, but I knew that it was time to advance to a SLR in order to have more control over my images. By the end of the year I had bought an entry level Canon DSLR.
At the same time I discovered Flickr, bought an account and began to upload images. I quickly acquired contacts, started a 365 and even met several people all by the end of 2008. I also got my first strobe and began to try my hand in off camera lighting, which quickly became an obsession. By the time 2009 had ended I had meet over 30 photographers from Flickr, acquired a Canon 50D, dabbled in film a bit and had completed my first 365.
But although I had done all that I felt something was missing. That despite having fun with Flickr and all that it brings, the strobist gear, the meet ups with other photographers, some part of me was not satisfied.
And that’s why you’re reading this. There’s this need within me to reach an even larger audience, to have a place to call my own. A home if you will.