I discovered that I have a gift or “the eye” for photography quite late in life. It all started when my wife suggested I get a hobby. I asked my good friend, Bob Hill to teach me photography, he willingly volunteered. He brought his equipment to my home and explained it, which was enough to get me hooked. He then guided me when purchasing my camera and lens. Bob told me that to “get good” I needed to practice and shoot a lot of pictures, which I have. I got more serious about my photography ‘hobby’ after my wife’s passing. In the last 4½ years photo art has become a large part of my life.
Seeing peoples’ eyes light up and a smile spread across their face when they look at one of my pictures inspires me. It also makes me want to share my gift. So I donate pictures to Mother Teresa’s Hospice House, to use as they see fit, whether it’s to decorate rooms or to sell. This allows me to not only share, but hopefully to inspire others.
In 2010, one of my first pictures “Soo Locks Waterworks” was chosen to hang in a place of honor; above the fireplace in the Governor’s Mansion. In 2011, my picture “Jolly College Tree” was chosen to be a part of Lansing’s Street Art Fair. In September 2011, I entered “The Ghost Horse” in the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. I was invited back to ArtPrize in 2012 and 2013. For 2012 I chose to exhibit “Farewell Arthur K.” which placed in the top 100. For 2013 I chose “Eye in the Sky” as my display piece for the competition. My work is also displayed in the Hermitage Gallery in Rochester, Studio 1219 in Port Huron, Wheaton’s Framing & Art Gallery in Mason.
I want to share with people what I see. Lacking color perception, I determined that I need to look for composition, letting the camera pick up the colors, as it does it much better than I’m able to. It is my hope that people looking at my photography will be able to take away a different view of the subject.
Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So behold.