I began with a Leica
I started my photographic journey by playing with my father's Leica (without fully
appreciating what I was holding in my hands) when I was around eight years old.
It surely felt different from the box camera that my mother occasionally allowed me to handle. It
was one of the early Leica models and the bottom loading the film was a challenge. We took photographs
off again, on again with that camera with very mixed results mainly, I believe, due to the available
film quality and poor developing.
I continued taking photographs with these cameras and tried to borrow, at least to look at them closely, different cameras
from family friends. I once borrowed a Voightlander from my uncle when I took a trip to a village to visit a friend.
That trip was epiphany. The photographs I took received many favorable comments starting with the photographer
who developed and printed them. This was followed by favorable comments and encouragements family and friends.
Encouraged by this, I proceeded to make plans to buy a larger format camera, like a Rolleiflex. Of course it
was way out of my reach and I had to settle for an imitation, a Flexaret which I still own. It was 1963. I visited the
same village and took many more photographs some of which you will see among the ones here.
The Flexaret remained as my main camera for some time until I ordered, through some family friends in Germany, a
"state-of-the-art" Exakta Vx 1000. That carried me through 1972 when I made the switch to a Canon FTb and
still remain a Canon user after many models of Canon cameras, lenses and so on. The only exception to
my Canon affinity is my Nikon Coolpix 995 since when I made the purchase it was the best one for me. Now,
I am anxiously waiting the arrival of my Canon D60 which has been on order over six weeks as I write. For my film-based
work, I use several Canon bodies from the EOS series, an A2E, an Elan II, and an IX APS-film camera.
I have been a professor of marketing at a well known East coast college for over twenty five years.
I enjoy teaching very much and even get a chance to incorporate my creative work in one of the courses
I teach, marketing on the Internet, where Web design is a strong component of the course work. Additionally, I
do Web design for a small group of clients.
The first camera I held in my hands (with great difficulty I am sure) around the age of one, Ihagee roll film camera.