My first "real" camera was an old Zeiss 35mm rangefinder purchased on a family trip to West Berlin in 1970. Later, my father (a chemist) built a darkroom in the basement, and my brothers and I learned to process film and expose prints under his supervision. I took photos for the high school newspaper and local Martinsville Bulletin, and honed my darkroom skills. I purchased one of the first Olympus OM-1 cameras (circa 1974), which was small and perfect for backpacking trips, and have used Olympus SLR's, DSLR's and mirrorless cameras ever since (from OM-1 to the latest EM-1). 

My family is lucky to be living in one of the most creative cities in the country, Austin, Texas.  It's the "live music capital of the world" and home to countless musicians, including Willie Nelson, Spoon, Bob Schneider, Quiet Company, Gary Clark Jr., Slaid Cleaves, The Gourds, Kelly Willis, the Dixie Chicks, Paul Glasse, Eric Johnson (I could go on).  It's also home to the University of Texas, the Austin City Limits PBS show and annual music festival, SXSW, Livestrong, 6th Street, "Keep Austin Weird", and the most gorgeous spreads of wildflowers on the planet (thanks to Lady Bird Johnson). In other words, a photographer's paradise. 

The images reflect my evolving interests. The lacrosse photographs of the Westwood High School team were taken when my son Brendan played and I was president of the support club.  Rock-n-roll started when I was recruited by the local public radio station (KUT & KUTX) to cover the festivals.  I now help out KOOP Radio whenever I can.  Recently I've been photographing minerals for books focusing on the geology of of the state.

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