I am sure that your
next question is 'who is the leader and what can he do for me'? So the
purpose of this page is to tell you about myself. I am always a little
uncomfortable doing this because it smacks of blowing my own horn but
you need the information so here goes.
Many years ago and far, far away I graduated from the Photographic Arts
program at Ryerson University. For thirty-six years I have been employed
as a full time photographer at Simon Fraser University. For fifteen of
those years I photographed exclusively for the Biological Sciences Department
so I have a considerable amount of biology in my background and an abiding
interest in nature photography. That is not to say I am strictly a nature
photographer. Anything that will make a good picture is grist for my camera.
The great thing about working for a university is that it requires a photographer
to become proficient in fields as diverse as portraits of people to portraits
of insects so small you can barely see them. My motto came to be "if
you can see it I can photograph it" It's a toss up which was the
greater challenge, the people or the insects.
Discovering photography in high school was serendipitous
because it gave me not only a vocation but a life as well. To this day
I do little that does not involve photography. In addition to my full
time work I do freelance photography, I do photography for fun, I give
presentations to photography clubs, I teach photography and I travel to
interesting places to do photography. After forty years, photography is
still as exciting as in the beginning and I continue to learn. Digital
has begun the entire cycle again.
I have taught photography classes for over thirty years and have come
to enjoy the teaching as much as photography itself. I spend so many hours
each month in the classroom that teaching photography has become an entire
second career. I must be doing something right because my students regularly
exceed me in expertise and creativity. One of my great joys is to watch
this kind of development from snap shooter to highly competent photographer.
But getting back to what I can do for you. First and foremost I can offer
you the most fun you have ever had with your camera. The energy generated
by a group of enthusiastic photographer is enough to inspire anyone to
exceed their own personal best and enjoy every minute of it. I can offer
you exciting locations with endless photo opportunities. I can offer lectures
and critiques to provide guidance, new techniques, ideas and encouragement
that will expand your expertise by leaps and bounds. Finally I can offer
my own unique combination of experience which will be available, one on
one, whenever needed.
So please join us. Everyone is welcome regardless of
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