Although I started taking pictures in 2002 (the film days), work, children and life asked me to put my Nikon down in exchange for cell phone pictures for more years than I care to admit. I picked my camera back up in 2014, when the Army asked us to move to South Korea. Photographing Korea was one of the most rewarding experiences behind the camera that I ever had: the country is both traditional and modern, peaceful and electrifying, friendly and shy. In 2015, I moved back to my hometown of Tucson, AZ, and since then I have been photographing the life of the desert and the people around me, albeit not as much as my heart would desire as I also occupy my time as a high school teacher. This being another of my heart’s desires.
During my time as a photographer, I’ve learned that many computer photo processing techniques have cropped up since “the good ‘ole days” and that camera capabilities have vastly improved. While I decided to upgrade my equipment, I have made the decision not to indulge in the technologically advanced arenas that falsely alter an original image, including HDR (layering multiple images when one exposure would render portions of an image over or under exposed). Instead, I hope that time and experience will help me learn to capture an image at the right time and in the right place so that these techniques are not necessary.
Likewise, I do not use various filters and post-processing add-ons in my portraiture. With the exception of small changes that could have been done in a dark room years ago, such as a little added contrast or vibrancy, what you see in my images is what was taken on that particular day.
Here’s to honoring the original meaning of “photography!”
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