|I was born to American parents, but lived with them in England for most of my early life. I studied in English boarding schools which taught me an appreciation of the Dickensian experience, then pursued further enlightenment at the American College in Paris and eventually fooled everyone by receiving a B.Sc. in Journalism from Boston University.
That was followed with a wide ranging series of apprenticeships in England which included one with a fashion photographer and a stint as a staff photographer for the "Windsor, Slough & Eaton Express" newspaper. All of which convinced me that it was the commercial world that really appealed to me, although I never wanted to abandon journalism.
With a subsequent additional degree, a B.F.A. from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design (where I later taught) I enjoyed a successful free-lance career in the advertising world shooting everything from product in the studio to fashion; from annual reports in the real world to magazine editorials.
Fed up with the big city, my wife Linda and I decided to choose quality over quantity, and moved our operation to Ojai where she had been living for many years, also an expat. Los Angeleno.
|Ojai, Santa Barbara and the surrounding counties have provided a wealth of interesting and diverse photo opportunities that have quenched my desire for diversity. We have also enjoyed pursuing our passion for food and travel by having a small house in the south of France from which we sally forth gathering stories in word and picture for our on line e-magazine www.gourmetvoyageurs.com which sprung from our work with the French food magazine "Saveurs" out of Paris.
The magazine covered the full gamut of my background with food set ups on location that required studio lighting, available lighting (often both at the same time), stylists, cooperative chefs and the hope the weather would hold, to architectural work, landscapes and lots and lots of people photography.