A twenty year technical career in Silicon Valley working on software applications for Apple Inc afforded me the opportunity to witness and participate in the birth of digital photography and digital photo processing. Some years earlier, I worked at advertising layout and design and I naturally gravitated to the hardware devices and software related to digital imaging. My interest in photography accelerated as the first digital cameras were developed, and coupled with a mastery of Photoshop—from its earliest days—a purely artistic creative outlet was found to compliment my love of software development and testing.
I've subsequently relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2006 setting out to master the mechanics and art of photography, same as having mastered the digital imaging tools over the course of twenty years. In the time since, I've devoted myself to learning, practice, and constant experimentation. My current passion is working as a partner in helping realize large-scale "PhotoGraphic" installations for architectural commissions.
It seems that all of us, collectively, have been making images in the privacy of our own heads since the beginning. Some images were so insistent to be expressed that they sent impulses out through the arms and hands—and there was simply no holding them back. With the utilization of ever-improving tools, these "pictures of the mind" found their way onto stone and wood, then onto canvas and paper. One day we will paint them onto the very air before our eyes, and the entire circle will be complete.
Meanwhile, our tools keep getting better, allowing more and more people to shake these images free. Digital cameras have become one of the most convenient birthing mediums for transporting these images from the mind's eye to a computer...and image software—well, just one of many ways to imprint them with parental values, pat them on the head, and send them on their way. The images I craft are the result of such a loving process.
I'm no different than the millions who came before me: I seek to let those images I see in my head have a life outside. To exercise this age old struggle, I've accumulated some electronic tools and a few craftsman-like skills to help externalize them. The process is often tedious, filled with apprehension, second-guessing, and self-doubt. What emerges is, nearly always, a joy. Freed from the mind, I hope my images find acceptance, happiness, and their own little place in the world.