(Above) Taken at our home in
Sanger, California in the fall of 2018. (Below) Taken at age 19 while in
college in Fresno, California.
Photography and cameras have always been a passion of mine. From the time I was very young, the camera as a device held a certain fascination I have never been able to explain. My parents gave me hand me down Kodak Instamatic 127 when I was around 5 or 6 years old. I always kept it by my bedside not knowing when I might need it to take a picture. I always kept it loaded and ready to go. I still remember the first photograph I ever took. It was of my grandparents at Christmas in the late 1970s. That was the beginning.
The rest of my life has been modulated by the artistic and technical aspects of photography. Since 1987, I have maneuvered my life experiences to always include photography in everything I do. Working at my elementary school and high school yearbooks; and the high school newspaper “The Hatchet”. During my careers I have worked at commercial photo labs, I've photographed weddings and portraits, and sold photographic equipment. I became a photojournalist for several years, and eventually went into public service as a crime scene investigator/forensic photographer with Fresno Police Department, in California for nearly 22 years. During my tenure with Fresno PD I was also a field operations photographer, and assigned to photograph police operations for the Fresno PD annual reports and other special projects and public relations. I also became an expert in photography in Fresno County Courts and the United States Federal Court (ie: US v. Marcus Major et al).
In 2012, I began to teach photography part time for Clovis Adult Education and continue to teach today for Chemeketa Community College, Community Education. Through teaching students, I figure what better way is there to have my photography live on then through others, even long after I have gone.
(Above) Field Operations photo project at Fresno Police Department in California. (Left) Demonostrating a technique for photographing a Giraffe to my photography class at the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno, California.
My view of photography is this. Taking a photograph is a lot like falling in love. You see a light and it intrigues you; and you want to see or be in that light forever. This is what photography is to me. Photography is my passion and my love and it will always be a part of me.