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I'm a life long Missourian and nearly a life long photographer. I began when I was fourteen and I was shooting weddings by the next year when my Mom had to drive me to the events before I got my drivers license. My career has been photojournalist, portrait studio owner, and now, in my early sixties, free lancing for architects, manufacturers, food suppliers and restaurants, and still a few portraits here and there. I live near Springfield, Mo. in the beautiful Ozarks. When I travel for clients, I make sure I've got some large format gear and 4x5 or 8x10 black and white film along so I can pretend for at least a few moments that I am following the great Ansel Adams in efforts at fine art nature and landscape work. I shoot all formats from 35mm to 8x10 and am fairly recently, and reluctantly, into digital. I'm a deeply rooted analog person who doesn't like automatic anything. I want to think my way slowly through each image (unless, of course, it happens to be a portrait session of active rug rats.......one of my favorite things to get to do). Quite honestly, I have a strong prejudice that transparency film is simply more beautiful in it's palette, than any digital image I have yet to see. I also love watching my carefully crafted black and white prints emerge from the developer, rather than spin out of a printer. There is simply more 'soul' in working the traditional methods. I know I will offend some of you when I also say that Photo Shop is less a creative tool than a "corrective tool"!!! It is a way to salvage work that should have been done correctly and artistically in the camera in the first place. Of course there are creative functions in stitching images and a few other things, but recovering from errors in lighting and composition is what I've see it used for the most. For me, photography is all about LIGHT. The type of camera you use for film or capture is just a tool that you enjoy using to record the image. Making the photograph is all and nothing but all about creating or finding the beauty in light and then making that light behave in your composition.