Since my father worked for Eastman Kodak for 37 years one would expect that fine photography was one of his pursuits. My father preferred motion pictures and had a Bell & Howell 16 mm movie camera and projector. The only still cameras we had were the Kodak point and shoot variety. It was not until I married that I showed any interest in photography and then only with point and shoot cameras.
In 1976 while on vacation I decided to buy a good camera, a 35 mm SLR. In the camera store I asked for a fully automatic camera with autowinder. The salesman, who was a sports photographer for the Denver Post told me I would never become a good photographer if all I did was press a button and select the best images afterwards. Thankfully I listened to him.
Georgianna borrowed the camera in the summer of 1984. She entered a couple in a citywide photography contest and won first place in the B&W category and second in the color category. The B&W was titled “The Shape of Things to Come”. It was a photo of an egg cradled between two feet. It hung in my office at work for many years.
Upon retirement I thought photography would be a great hobby to fill some of my time with something enjoyable to do. I knew from my sculptures and paintings in earlier years that I would most likely not be good at either of those if I decided to pursue them as a hobby. My photographs, even with point and shoot cameras, however did show some talent and stood out from the average ‘snap shot’.
I decided the take B&W photography classes at the local community college. After almost a year of classes and numerous rolls of film I was disheartened by the results. I had received a digital camera, Maxell consumer model, from the R&D staff at my retirement party in 1997. The photos I took with it seemed much better to me, although they did not make very good prints.
I decide to invest in a digital SLR, a good printer and some software. I started to turn out much better photos. The camera took all photos in color but I could convert them to B&W using software on my computer. I was still taking classes at the college and doing my own developing and printing in their darkroom when I started using the digital SLR. Once a month we had to mount and display a couple of our photographs for the teacher and class. I decided to see what comments I would receive and mounted a couple of my digital images in B&W printed on glossy paper. Best comments I had ever received from the teacher and class. I dropped the wet photography and concentrated on digital photography.
I started with flowers and plants. After my first show with favorable comments I started to create other portfolios: architecture, classic automobiles, hotrods, portraits of musicians while performing and eventually abstracts.
I won a number of awards for my work in the City of Seaside annual art show, even after being downgraded because I used a computer and digital camera.
Ann was showing her jazz related paintings at KRML the Jazz and Blues Store in Carmel-by-the-Sea. I showed several of my works to the owner and he decided to hang a few for sale. Over the next couple of years he received numerous compliments on my work and sold a few.