Can you give a brief introduction of yourself ?
I’ve been practicing psychiatry and living in California with my wife for almost 45 years. We have two adult children and three grandchildren.
How did photography enter the picture? You worked as a psychiatrist your entire life. Did you pick it up as a hobby- or did you do anything more professionally with it?
I wasn’t interested in photography until this past few years. I only took snapshots when on vacation. A few years ago I bought a digital point and shoot- and basically got fascinated with the idea I could get immediate feedback – which I needed.
With film, when I got prints back, they looked like nothing I wanted. But I wasn’t organized enough to figure out what to do the next time. With the immediate feedback of digital it was easier for me to learn how to get the type of image I wanted. I didn’t know anything about cameras, aperture, and just started to learn and experiment. I started taking photos of everything around me.
Over time and with looking at what other people were doing with photography I realized that street photography was right up my alley- because I like walking urban environments, exploring, and I liked what the street photographers were finding. So I started to take photos away from the garden and vacations and into the street around 8 years ago.