Residence: Middlebourne, WV.
Education: Tyler County High School 1972; Wheeling Jesuit University 1995, BA Human Resource Management.
Employer: Bayer Corporation.
Photographic Experience: My love of nature and the outdoors, the beauty of West Virginia, and the inspiration provided by other photographers (most prominently, Arnout Hyde, Jr.'s images in Wonderful West Virginia magazine), combined to produce the desire to photograph the landscape. Mr. Hyde also played a significant role in the advancement of my photography by providing advice, mentoring, and the opportunity to have many of my photographs published.
With no formal training, my technical knowledge of the photographic process has come primarily from two sources. First, extensive study of books and magazines on photography. Secondly, from experience. I learn from what works, and I learn from what doesn't work.
Learning to use the equipment is relatively easy, and achieving technical quality is a matter of paying attention to detail. However, producing images that capture the essence of the landscape and evoke an emotional response in the viewer is the real challenge. The intangible element which determines the success or failure of this effort is a love for that which is being photographed. The photographer's emotional involvement with the subject of the photograph is the key to producing a successful image.