Like most of you I'm interested in more than one thing. I love to make pottery, but I'm also very interested in photography; have been since my dad let me use his Kodak Brownie when I was about 8 years old. He handed me his camera when we were visiting Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan and told me to take photos of anything that interested me. I knew I had only a few shots for the whole day, maybe 12, so it forced me to think hard about every shot since each was so precious. Was this the best angle? Was the light right? Did I want tourists like my parents in the photo? Definitely not. I remember standing at a 45 degree angle to the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop, centering the shop in my viewfinder, holding my breath, and pressing the button. My parents still have that photo along with some of the other square black and white photos I took that day. I was enchanted by the historic buildings at the Village, but today I’m more interested in photographing the people visiting those buildings. People intrigue me and I love seeing them in all their splendorous variety.
I'm not a professional photographer but a passionate amateur. Well, passionate off and on. I can go for weeks without taking a single photo and then one day I grab my camera and take three hundred shots. Out of those hundreds of shots, there might be a handful worth keeping. I figure if I take enough photos some are bound to turn out okay. But that only makes sense if you're not paying for film. Much has changed since I was 8, maybe not all for the better.
If I remember correctly, the following photos are images I've taken since 2008. Most of them were taken with a Canon Power Shot A720 IS, a typical point-and-shoot. I had to retire that camera in July of 2014 so now I use my daughter Bethany's Canon S95, another point-and-shoot, along with my Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone. The Samsung isn't a great camera, but it's always there when I need it.
Most of the photos were taken in Hawaii, but many of them were taken during family trips to places like Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and California. A few of the photos were taken by my daughters, but their pictures are included here because I told them how to take the picture or I just stole them, manipulated them and made them my own (sort of). Looking back at these images, it reminds me of special moments I shared with family and friends and strangers who were about to ask why I was taking their picture but couldn't because I'd already walked away.