My story is a little different. I was a photographer first; then an airline pilot, and now a photographer, and have been for quite a while. I have a split personality. I am very artistic internally and have a keen sense for composition; however, most people know me for my other side, a technical junkie that loves to know the physics behind something.
I became interested in photography while I was in high school and immediately became infatuated with the art of creating images with light while being drawn to the technical aspects of the camera, lighting and the development process to achieve those images.
During my college years, I was introduced to flying another passion. As my technical side took over, I was confident as a young man that a career as an airline pilot was the path for me. I pursued all of my FAA licenses and ratings, became a flight instructor and then flew radio traffic reporters around the skies of Baltimore to build the necessary hours required to move on to the next level of flying.
Interestingly, while building a career as a pilot, I was also doing aerial and architectural photography on the side. My photography skills increased as well as my love of architecture. Nevertheless, I continued down the airline path and was hired by a freight hauling company based in Buffalo. While everyone was sleeping, I was flying multiple twinengine aircraft up along the great lakes and north east in the worst weather that you can imagine! Finally, I was hired by an airline a US Air carrier.
Eventually, I was inspired to return back to my camera. I left the airline and started doing architectural photography full time over 20 years ago. For me it is the perfect marriage of art and technology, with architecture at the heart of it.
This marriage of art and technology has allowed me to develop a unique lighting technique that allows me to add texture within the images to give them a 3dimensional, renderinglike quality. And although some would call it painting with light, I call it “texture lighting”, since it does not alter the lighting designed for the space, but simply brings out the textures in the surfaces, much like our eyes would see them in real life!
Many have wondered why I would trade a lucrative career as an airline pilot to become a photographer. That answer is reflected in my work! It’s a passion. And I get to do it for a living!