I was living in Florida and we were visiting various gardens and parks. I began to see images and wanted to capture them, so I got a Powershot A620. When I left graduate school and moved back to Minnesota, one of the first things we did to celebrate me having a “real” paycheck again was to go get a used DSLR and lens. I ended up with a Canon 5D and the Tamron zoom lens I still use, and was hooked.
Over time, I continued to occasionally go out for photo shoots, but photography was largely a sometimes hobby whose main goal seemed to be to accumulate images on my hard drive. My wife would encourage me from time to time to do something more with my images, even going so far as printing out and framing one of them. She and my mother-in-law asked for a calendar one year, which I created, but still I didn’t do much beyond take snapshots and the rare lucky photo.
In September 2015, my mother-in-law gave me a registration to Bryan Hansel’s Night Skies of Lake Superior workshop as an early birthday present, and I was transformed by the experience. I had tried a little to take pictures at night without a lot of success. Taking Bryan’s workshop, I learned a ton and came back with a large number of great photos that only improved with the Lightroom processing info I also got from Bryan (and his presets for Milky Way and night sky images). I was hooked.
My wife set that hook by inviting me to be a guest artist in her studio. Her studio mate was having her work featured elsewhere and was going to have an empty wall during the November Art Attack weekend and throughout the holiday season. We chose a number of photos that came out well, printed them and got them framed. We had an opening reception the Thursday night before Art Attack and that cemented my view of myself as “photographer” instead of “guy with camera”.
In May 2016, our studio mate decided to cut back on the amount of space she was paying for, and I entered the Studios at Chautauqua Lane as a full resident artist. Since there’s not a lot of night or landscape images to take inside the Northrup King building, most of my space is gallery space. I do hope to sometime soon start trying to create images inspired by the images of Kim Keever and others who include elements of paint and other liquids diffusing in water in their work. When I get to the point of making images I like, I’ll post them here, of course! Come back frequently to see what new images are posted!