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The Artist

Gary's interest in photography began in 1949 with his mother's "Seneca Box Scout 2A" camera (c. 1925!)  His mother saw his increasing interest and bought him a modern "Kodak Hawkeye Brownie" camera. 

Not satisfied with the limitations of the camera's long focal length, Gary used his brother's metal lathe and a lens from an old pair of binoculars to fabricate a close-up lens attachment. 

He soon discovered that the viewfinder of his Hawkeye was useless, so he fabricated an aluminum auxiliary viewfinder.  With an attached string for focusing, Gary began taking close-up pictures around the neighborhood. 

Moving objects, like the family dog, became a real challenge with the string-focusing arrangement!

If you've read this far, it should be no surprise that Gary's professional career was as an electrical engineer.  He worked around the world as a Project Manager for Black & Veatch, an international firm of consulting engineers.  Now retired from engineering, Gary enjoys having more time to explore the technical and artistic challenges of photography.



His primary objective is to find an interesting landscape, capture the scene in a series of digital images, then merge the images into a composite panorama that reflects what he saw and felt while on location.  Gary finds beauty in such things as the pattern formed by tree trunks, the curve of a branch or lichen on rocks.
  Ansel Adams said, "The negative is the score, the print is the performance."  Gary strives to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and the right knowledge to deliver a "Performance" that is true to the original scene.  Most of all, he wants people to enjoy his photographs, whether at home and at work.

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September 08, 2014