I'm a fairly serious person, and find that I need to work at being less so. Hmmm. Sounds like some kind of contradiction there! Self portraits are difficult for lots of reasons, but I've loved doing them for years. Helps me discover and invent new things about myself! This one is an example of the simple, symbolic portraits I like to make. My favorite camera is included, and I played with all kinds of arrangements of the dark cloth. Am I a monk or just a clown? The plain background allows my expression and my play with the stuff to be the entire subject.
I decided to focus all (well, lots more, at least) of my energy on photography after more than 35 years working in the computer industry. That world was exciting...when I started, there were no personal computers, and we wrote programs on "coding sheets" that were eventually turned into punched cards to get them into the computer. Data started out toward the computer the same way. But I became convinced that for many of us, more than one big thing to call a profession or vocation is a very good thing.
Photography is my next big thing purely because I love doing it so much. French, Italian, and California cooking are also high on my favorite list, but they will have to wait for the next next big thing. My life in photography doesn't include bosses, employees, or storefronts. It does rely on voicemail, cellphone, and website, a natural enough thing since computers and technology were my last big thing. I also love the darkroom, and am convinced that printing my work makes me a better photographer.
I hope you enjoy my pictures, and that if you want a portrait, or you collect photographs, you 'll like my work. I also hope you come to enjoy good photographs as much as I do. Photographs allow us to show each other things we might miss, people and places long gone by or changed forever, depicting the world as it is, or was. I share Richard Avedon's view that photos are always accurate...but not necessarily true. They are art made with the stuff that is really there. Truth? Something else, maybe. Or maybe not.
P.S. The camera is a Wisner 4x5 view camera, only a few years old, that is directly descended from the large ones used by the earliest photographers, with the details much improved. The thoughtful approach it demands is as much like painting as it is photography. And it is beautiful, made of mahogany, leather, and brass. I think it is the most beautiful man made object I own.