Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
As a working professional I am not currently working on research, but I occasionally work on experimental and pro bono projects for filmmakers. Stretching the boundaries of technology, discipline, science, and media still excites me.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I became interested in photography when I was young and obsessed by the time I was in high school. When I peeled my first 880 Land Camera Polaroid I was hooked. Photography merged my two favorite subjects, physics and chemistry into a real-time petri dish I explored everyday.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
Ansel Adams and Edward Weston were the greatest influences in my career. Their work was a mesmerizing journey of light and chemistry. Today that knowledge translates effortlessly to discrete signals manipulated for global consumption. Work that took weeks when I was younger now takes hours or sometimes minutes to package. Imagine where that technology will be in 50 years.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
What other jobs led you to your current career?
All of them. Like many before me I swept floors, made coffee, answered phones and cleaned commodes, there is no job too small to learn the value of work, pride, and precision. I try to remember that I only spend 2% of my career doing what I love, the other 98% is doing tasks I care for much less than making images. So I try to learn everything I can about the world around me, I know someday that cornucopia of trivial pursuit gold will prove useful. Never stop being curious. Ray Kroc said it best, "When your are green your growing, when your are ripe your rotten."
What are your degrees and certifications?
BA - Motion Picture and Video Technology - Brooks Institute of Photography
MH - Film History and Communications - Tiffin University
What are your hobbies?
Puzzles, music, family, cooking, research, life...and bird hunting.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
My best advice to anyone who wants to do what I do is to do it. If you believe you are a photographer, then you are. If not, do the world a favor stay in school, study science, and change the world with reason.
"Most of what we know, or think we know we have never personally experienced. We live in a world erected by the stories we hear, see, and tell. It is a world of incredible riches of imagery and words, conjuring up the unseen through art, creating towering works of imagination and fact through science, poetry, song, tales, reports, and laws--the true magic of human life. Stories socialize us into roles of gender, age, class, vocation, life-style, and offer models of conformity or targets for rebellion. They weave the seamless web of the cultural environment that cultivates most of what we think, what we do, and how we conduct our affairs."
- George Gerbner, Wide Angle 20.2 (1998), p. 116