Throughout my whole life I've always had this lurid fascination with
photography. The idea of being able to stop time for a brief moment and take it with you forever was more than I needed to be motivated.
In high school I had taken a hobby photo class and was exposed to black and white photography, printing, and developing. It was nothing short of amazing watching my first print come to life right before my eyes. After graduating high school I went off to college to play soccer and study photography and art. I went to a small community college in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Community College of Allegheny County), and they didn't offer a photo major, so I enrolled as a graphic arts major and opened myself to different artistic mediums, and took whatever photo classes they had to offer. I did alot of
Independent studies and a whole mess of self teaching and learning.
My emphasis in photo has always been fine art black and white, concentrating on symmetry, and balance of a subject as well as light and shadow. After college it was a bit difficult to get work as a fine art photographer, so I took a job as a photojournalist for a couple of weekly newspapers in the suburban Pittsburgh area. This gave me access to a darkroom 24-7, unlimited film and unlimited paper. Many hours were spent after my assignments were printed,
printing my own work.
After leaving Gateway Publications I went on to become a stringer
photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shooting general
assignments from spot news to sports. I did this for a year and was hired by the Trib as a full time photo technician. I took this position to learn the other side of photography, the digital side.
In the past year and a half my work has expanded. Pushing myself to further my work and myself. My work rarely has any deep meaning other than the beauty it presents me. Things that usually go unnoticed in everyday life and travel. My inspiration comes from the unnoticed and the overlooked.