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This photo that I took of my mother was
on the first roll of film for the camera I had just been given when I was 8 years old. We were out for a walk with my father on a brisk fall
day in 1938 in Stralsund, Germany, where I was born.
The camera, a very good, compact, folding Zeiss Nettar 515
producing 16 half-size exposures on 120 film, stayed with me until college
many years later, but my brother and I were separated from my parents a
few months after those first photos. I only did an occasional photo in the years following (film and
processing were too expensive for me) and most of them have long since
Interest in photography was renewed while I was in the Army
stationed in Japan in 1954, where I acquired an Argus C3 and, later, a
Kodak Retina Ia. I stayed in Japan and Korea for a couple years after my
discharge, working for the Army as a civilian. Of the many Kodachrome slides and B&W 35 mm photos I took
during that time, a few have been retained, and much later, prints from
the mid-1950s slides were framed and later scanned into my computer.
You will find them among those in the Japan and Korea collections on this
website. Little remains of
the hours I spent in a darkroom on the Army post, developing and
enlarging B&W photos.
Photography took a backseat to my vocation as a consulting
engineer and to my family (my wife Holly and daughters Helise and Judy)
until just a few years ago, although I graduated to SLR cameras during
that time, eventually settling on Pentax. When I switched to a digital SLR, I stayed with Pentax so that I
could continue to use the old lenses and attachments as I needed them.
Lately, during semi-retirement and, then, full retirement from my
consulting engineering career, I was able to devote more time to
photography, joined the local artists’ guild (the only member
exclusively in photography) and entered several juried photography
shows. This website is part
of my effort to be a more serious photographer.
last few years, I have been involved in the design and maintenance of
web sites, and I produce a line of greeting cards that feature my
photographs, mostly of Chicago and other parts of Illinois. These are
sold through a number of retail outlets. After 50 years in Elmhurst, Illinois, I now reside in Chicgo.