I found that I had an aptitude for photography early on at perhaps 6 when I got to use my dad's Argus C3. I continued to take some photos as I got older, but that wasn't where I thought that I was headed. I went to college and then grad school to become a paleontologist, geologist initially. I decided that I would rather eat than starve and received my first grad degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Ecology to work as an Ecologist. During my time in Grad school, I became more interested and involved in photography becoming a staff photographer for my college yearbook and college newspaper. Eventually I became chief photographer for the newspaper. I was unable to get hired in the environmental field back in 1980 (collapse of the field).
So back to grad school I went to get a grad degree in Geology to work in the oil industry. Wouldn't you know it but the bottom dropped out of the market while in school. In any case graduated with a Grad Degree in Geology in 1987. During this time period I also worked for the Newark Museum as a science docent for 5 years and also for Cyprus Minerals doing lab research. Also continued to take photos and improve. I had my first solo exhibit in 1987. I became a member of my photo club and eventually rose through all the officers to President between 1987 and 1995. When I got out of school I worked for 2 environmental firms for about 8 years and continued my interest in photography photographing primarily landscape and wildlife work including taking many photos at the Bronx Zoo. While at the Bronx Zoo one day in 1988 I ran into the head of a small stock agency. We talked and made arrangements to bring work for review. The stock Agency decided to represent my work from that time onward though I never supplied that much work. Some of the work has been used in Czechoslovachia and used presumably as an advertising campaign in Hong Kong because of the size of the payment as well as the White Tiger (one photo of which is in my gallery) and has been in the Microsoft Encarta since its inception. I used to take extended vacations and comp time during the time as well as on weekends that I worked as an Environmental consultant and started building a library of images.
Additionally, I had taken a number of workshops with some well known photographers including Dewitt Jones. During the time I was working in the environmental field as a geologist and a biologist/ecologist I got hit by a car while riding my bicycle in 1993. Needless to say the bicycle was totalled and I almost was. I suffered 2 broken wrists, several broken ribs, broken nose, lots of road rash. I had to be put back together with several surgeries including a permanent plate in the right shattered wrist and and an external fixator which was later removed from the left wrist. I was in the hospital for 10 days, out of work for 10 weeks and had 19 weeks of occupational and physical therapy. The accident made me really re-evaluate my life. I had wanted to become a pro photographer for some time this just made me want to do it as soon as possible. After I went back to work for the next year and a half or so I was relegated to work as a health and safety officer for several sites for our clients because my employer was concerned about my recovery and my health. I continued to take photos and to build my Library of images including those from Yellowstone, Grand Teton NP, Utah, etc.
Finally I got back to working as a Geologist but, my job was terminated finally. I took advantage of the situation and started having quite a number of exhibits of my work by invitation including one in NYC. I took additional workshops in 1995 in Utah and Colorado in 1996. We finally settled out of court for the accident and my injuries. Some of this settlement was used as seed money for what has become my Fine Art Photography Business. I have been participating selling Fine Art photos primarily Nature, Landscape, and Wildlife since 1996/1997.
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