I’ve had an interest in photography since my early childhood. I owned one of the now famous Kodak box cameras. Somewhere around 10 or 11, I went to the library and checked out a book on how to develop black and white film. I saved up some money, rode my bike to the local photo supply store and purchased the chemicals and a black and white negative developer container. I temporarily cleared out my closet to make a darkroom, took the glass from a photo frame to cover the negative to make contact print sheets. I had to put everything back and clear it out again every time I wanted to develop some film. I took quite a few rolls of film but was limited because of cost. We were not well off financially, in fact, we were upper poor, we always had food and love but were short on extra spendable money.
I owned a One-Hour photo and Portrait studio for a few years then Costco, Walmart, Walgreen and lots of others decided to get into the one-hour photo business which I just could not afford to compete against, so I got out of the business. After I left my corporate job and moved to Tennessee my interest in photography was rekindled and I started getting more serious about taking more and better images. I realized that I like paintings as well as photographs then I discovered software that allows you to make a digital painting from a photograph. It is not as simple as click and you have a painting at least not in my case. You will find like most of the master artist my images are of everyday scenes enhanced to capture real life.
I have been very active in a photo club over the last few years, I have held just about every job in the club at one time or another. I along with 3 other friends from the club have taught photo classes for the last few years, I have not only been able to share some of my knowledge but have gained a lot of insight and knowledge as well. I hope to keep working at my craft and continue to improve my skills in the future.