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Dick Arnold


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I got into what you might call professional photography late in life. My interest started during my forty year aviation career. I was previously an officer and pilot in the USAF. I served in the Viet Nam war before leaving the AF. .I ultimately retired as a executive in research, development and acquisition of major aviation systems including satellite aviation applications.. I have lived in Germany, Thailand and Taiwan while spending six years out of the US. I did a lot of traveling in my job and late in that career I began carry medium format gear with me to keep me occupied when I was not working in far away places. As in my former profession I have an abundance of curiosity and learning new things in depth has always been very satifying for me. I retired from my job in aviation in 1996 with some good photo equipment and some knowledge of photography.. When I moved into my new town after retirement the local newspaper photographer saw some of my medium format prints of Russia and the newspaper subsequently invited me to join them. That very overburdened photographer was desperatly looking for help. I was a stringer for the paper for seven years.. I did all kinds of photography with them. I liked sports the best. It was all black and white using TMax. When I started at the paper the receptionist was about to be married. Her wedding photographer pulled out of the wedding at the last minute. She asked me to do the wedding. I hung some of her 11x14s in the newspaper office as I had my own darkroom and that started a business that grew to one to two weddings a week during May to October in a seacoast town.. All film. No chimping. I held my breath until I got the proofs back. I beat my competition by doing good work with good gear, underpricing and, above all delivering on time. When I closed the business in 2003 I was doing PR for the local hospital, photographing their staff, and doing events like golf tournaments and parties as well as the paper. I never in my wildest dreams about retirement thought I would be running a photo business. I used Canon and Bronica cameras and lenses. I had no help. I did it all myself. I closed the business in 2003 out of choice. I could have made it bigger but I decided at 70 I did not want to work that hard and we wanted to travel. At that time I converted to digital and have been very active since on my own.. I developed my business through the local chamber, belonging to the Rotary, establishing a referral arrangements with a local inn and a busy JOP, and being on Town committees. This was in a seashore town that attracted weddings. I stayed under the radar. I developed a large gallery of wedding pictures which i printed that I hung in my home studio. I sold almost every client that walked through that door. I took developed, and printed a lot of pictures in the seven years I ran the business and worked for the paper. I converted to digital in 2002 and currently use photoshop and lightroom on the cloud. I think digital is far more complex than film as I do my own processing but I also think it has raised the quality of my work significantly.


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