I took my first picture with my grandmother’s Kodak Deluxe Twin Lens Reflex camera, an image that’s been lost to the ages I’m sure. Then there was an Instamatic or two along the way but by the time I was in high school I began shooting with what had been my grandfather’s Kodak 35, a camera that by then was 25 years old. What got me interested in the camera were all of the accessories he had, things like polarizing filters and close-up lenses that would alter the image.
Upon graduating from high school I bought my first serious camera, a Canon FTb and after college I used that camera to launch my career. More advanced bodies came along, the Canon F-1 and then the EOS-1, still in the film days. But as photographing architecture became more of my work I gravitated to larger formats, first with a Kodak Master View and later with a Sinar. I truly loved working with that camera, setting it up and making sure that everything was just right before I pressed the shutter was like choreographing a ballet. And then the photographic world became digital and I moved along with it.
I’m always looking forward to the next photo that I’ll be taking. What will the challenges be? What will already be in the scene that will help with the creativity and what will I have to bring in terms of experience, composition, lighting, and post-production to produce in the final photo what I see in my mind? Each new assignment is exciting to me.