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Photographic Background:
I first became interested in photography at age 13 when I enrolled at The Open School in Duluth, MN.  The Open School was an alternative school designed to allow students to develop more fully in a less structured and more enabling environment.  This proved to be a wonderful environment for me as it gave me the freedom to pursue my interests while also giving me a sense of ownership and responsibility in my own education.  As soon as I began shooting and developing my own pictures, I was hooked.  I knew this was something that I really wanted to do.  At first, my focus was on learning the basics of exposure, processing and darkroom manipulation.  That started to change when I was about 15.  I began looking more closely at the content of my pictures rather than how to print them.  This was also about the time that I transferred to a conventional high school, Duluth Central, and I soon learned that the art instructors there had very little to offer me.  It's not that I was incredibly talented - I would soon find out that, contrary to my beliefs at the time, I knew pretty much zilch about photography - it's just that the instructors in my high school didn't know much at all about photography either.  I continued to shoot all throughout high school knowing that I wanted to make a career in photography but not knowing how to go about it or how to really improve my work.
I decided that I needed to go to a school where I could learn more about the craft and I began looking into art schools.  My father, who never appreciated my interest in photography, wanted me to go to Minneapolis College of Art and Design while I was more interested in a school in Philadelphia, whose name I cannot even remember.  Then one day, while I was going through a bunch of college recruiting info I had received in the mail, I stumbled upon a brochure for Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.  This was the place for me.  I had always wanted to move to California and after I found out just how prominent the school is in the industry there was no way I wanted to go anywhere else.  Dad wasn't thrilled about my moving 2000 miles away, or the cost, but that's where I was going to go to really learn photography.  I never regretted a single day at Brooks.  I learned so much, made such good friends and had so much fun all while learning what it is to be a professional photographer.
After graduating from Brooks in October of 1983, I took a job working for General Dynamics in Rancho Cucamonga, CA where I worked on many classified military projects.  Photography in the aerospace industry was not as glamorous as I had imagined it would be and I left GD in April 1986.  I settled in Minneapolis, MN and began working as an assistant to several photographers before opening a studio with Steve Kemmerling in January 1988.  During the next ten years I worked with many local advertising agencies and designers as well as working directly with many companies.  Unfortunately, for both myself and Steve, the Minneapolis market was saturated with some very good photographers and it just never became a lucrative career for either of us.  In January 1998 we closed our studio and I embarked on my new career in computers.  While I am very happy with the decision I made and love working with computers, I find that I still love the process of making images - and I always will.  I really enjoy the combination now of photography and computers.  It's so much easier now to shoot lots of images and see the results instantly and then be able to manipulate those images digitally.  There is a lot of instant gratification involved and the cost is so low that it makes all kinds of experimentation very practical.
Well, that's how I got to where I am today.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please take a look at the Gallery to view some of my work.