I couldn’t color well like the rest of the kids. So, when I was five or six, my parents gave me a Kodak Instamatic, film, and flash cubes. I have seven years of photos of cats, my brother and sister, barns, and gravestones–all with a thumb in the corner. In middle school, I slung my dad’s Pentax 35MM SLR over my shoulder like a war correspondent and shot pictures of nature, gravestones, and every classmate’s middle finger. Later, I taught martial arts. I have pictures of fights, grandmasters, and a million little kids saying “hai-yah!”
I started teaching high school in the film Nikon era, pre-digital. I printed doubles for hundreds of high school kids, and 3Med matted, framed games, prom dresses, and candids on my “Wall of Fame.” In some cases, I posted those photos for the kids of some of those “kids” to see. In others, those photos are what we have left from lives cut short.
Today, I still take photos, mostly of two things–things that bring me joy, or things we overlook. The simplest things are often the most beautiful. At least, that’s what I’ve found. Please enjoy my photography. And, you can visit me on OpenSea.