In October 2005, the photograph Removal, by David Nitsche, forever changed the way I perceive the world. It was the 13th, a Thursday that was a superior fall day with crisp air and a vibrant blue sky. Mother nature and Nitsche’s picture created a perfect day for revelation.
The inspirational photo is a simple subject displayed with great detail and from a vantage point that had me reassessing the scenery on my walk home for lunch that day.
Suddenly, something as simple as pointing my cell phone camera in the direction of a tree lined street inspired me to not just snap pictures but to work toward becoming a skilled photographer. I purchased my first point-and-shoot camera, a Nikon Coolpix 5600.
That was just the beginning.
I turned to a mentor for help in growing as professional. Bob Heffner, a colleague, had been taking pictures since the 1960’s. He encouraged my new found hobby by loaning me a Nikon FM2 SLR film camera. A few weeks later, I purchased a Nikon D70s digital SLR.
The rest is history marked by equipment purchases, location scoping, anticipating perfect sunrises and sunsets, becoming a master in framing and matting, and overall developing a business based on a passion.