Lives in Fort Worth, TX, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant
Joined on Oct 8, 2003
I think of myself as a hiker/traveler first, photographer second. The initial idea behind taking up photography was to record the details of my travels/hiking that at my age so often fade from memory over time - at an alarmingly accelerated pace I am afraid. Hiking especially, allows me to visualize and understand my place in the natural world. It has been at times a spiritual experience. Hiking alone seeking solitude in remote areas has enhanced this experience. Maintaining this order of priority has been a bit of a struggle for several reasons. Being a bit of a gearhead, the activity of making images during a hike has its own appeal but can be disruptive to the meditative aspects of the experience. Viewing and studying well made images after the hike is long over has become a bit of a thing as I see detail in those images that I didn't see or notice with my own eyes while I was actually there which can prolong the experience after it is over or threaten to change the goal of the experience. I use the best camera equipment I can afford in order to record these places with as much clarity and preservation of interesting detail as possible. I primarily compose images in a way that documents a scene as I am viewing it at the time but of course I also allow myself the freedom to compose in ways that I feel are interesting beyond simple documentation. What I like about photography as a pursuit of pleasure is that I can compose freely and that I am not confined to composing for what may be commercially attractive to a tourist in a gift shop. I am committed to improving my skills and talent as a photographer so that my actions do not counteract the clarity and resolution of imaging this fine equipment provides. By the way, turning professional isn't an option. At my age, I am seeking to retire, not begin another career.
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