My love for photography began in junior high school. Starting with a plastic Kodak film camera, as a means to meet people and start new friendships.
I dreamed that the art of photography would be my life's work.
I'm a self-taught photographer. My skills advanced further by taking photography, writing, journalism related courses and workshops. Course work lead to an internship at the Associated Press under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Roberto Borea.
My experiences strengthened over time as I gained opportunities to learn my own style, composition, and how light affected a photograph.
Some of my understanding of photography were through looking at photographs, and photography books. I like to analyze how a picture was taken. I enjoy looking at the images in photo books by photographers like Gordon Parks, Mary Ellen Mark, W. Eugene Smith, Roy DeCarava, Henri Cartier Bresson and many others.
Their black and white images hooked me and gave me a course to follow.
Film directors like Gordon Parks, Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, and Brian DePalma also inspired me visually.
My photography experiences include:
US Navy photographer, Black Star Picture Agency, Associated Press photo intern, chief photographer, both at Marquette University Tribune Newspaper and Milwaukee Public Museum, The Milwaukee Journal / Sentinel-CNI (CommunityNOW), Newspapers Inc,) Photographer, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Courier, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Times and national publications like Downbeat, Ebony, Jazziz, JazzTimes, www.jazzreview.com, www.allaboutjazz.com, United Press International, The Washington Post, Insight On The News, Time, Newsweek, and Life magazine, Magazine of American University.
I want to acknowledge, and honor the following people who inspired me to pursue my love for photography: Robert 'Buck' Miller, Pierre Couture (Morrison Portrait Studio), Dal Bayles, Dan Artley, Bob Strong, Carol Greenawalt, Jack Orton, Rick Wood, Clayborn Benson, Gary Porter, Dale Guldan, Roberto Borea, John Vagnoni, and Harry T. Kemp.