Why I do this


Good question. Short answer, because it's in me and it's got to come out.

Long answer: I spent most of my formative years taking, developing, printing and showing pictures. I suppose my dad and my granddad got me started. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie with 127 B&W film. I've still got that camera somewhere. From there I graduated to an Argus C3. My first real 35mm camera. My dad had carried it when he was in the Navy and handed it down to me.

Man I burned through a lot of Tri-X film. Mom and dad bought me my first darkroom equipment one year for Christmas. It was an Agfa set that contained a plastic film tank, three 5x7 trays and a contact printer. I've still got some 127 contact prints floating around somewhere.

For my 16th birthday I got my first SLR, a Minolta 100. Very cool! I spent most of high school with a camera in my hands. I took photos for the year book and the school paper. Shots of the senior class play, sold to the actors at 35 cents each, financed my first enlarger.

I did some photographic odd jobs to help finance the habit. In 1972 I entered college and started to actually study photography. Fast forward 6 years (time flies when you're having fun) and I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a dual specialization in Cinema and Photography with a special emphasis in fine arts photography. This was the beginning of the end of my urge to take pictures.

I had financed a lot of my college education by working in the photographic industry. Processing prints, selling equipment, what have you. My first job out of college was selling darkroom equipment for Unicolor. A Kodak wannabe for the home darkroom enthusiast. I spent the next 2 years traveling from town to town with my inflatable darkroom teaching folks how to develop their own photos, but not taking very many of my own.

When I arrived in S. Florida my camera was all but forgotten. I did one or two small jobs for employers that needed product shots or catalog pages, but no personal photography. I was on hiatus. Sometime during the late 80's I bought an updated SLR. Another Minolta XR something or other. I bought it to take pics on vacation. I took them, they were nothing special, they're in a shoe box somewhere.

Then marriage and children came along. I bought Dawn a camera for mothers day and she became the family photographer. I had my video camera and that was good enough for me. Some time during the early 90's I picked up an HP 640x480 digital camera. Cool! I could snap pics of the boys. Send them to Grandma and Grandpa. They weren't art but it was a neat toy.

Cameras improved and I upgraded to a 1MP camera, another HP. Better pics, still not worth printing, but great for building websites.

2001 3MP cameras are affordable. Bought one by accident on Ubid.com. Placed a low ball bid that I thought would get beat, surprise! You are now the proud owner of a new digital camera. Printers are starting to make prints that look as good (or better) than drugstore prints. Prices are cheap(they ought to give away the printers based on what they charge for the ink). Bought a new HP7150 printer. Can't tell it's output from a chemical print.

Started making more pics.

Started feeling like making more pics.

Started to see instead of just look.

Wanted to force myself to do this more often.

Committed to shooting one new pic a day.

Wanted to share them with you.

Thanks for reading this far.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Welcome to the Kingdom.