But since you are, and since you’ve apparently been curious enough to dig into who the heck I am, I figure I can tell you a little bit. Feel free to stop reading any time. I won’t be offended.
In the beginning… there was light.
Ok, no. Too far back and way too old of a joke. But no one really cares about “my beginning”, anyway, so let’s start from what this site is about and, in theory, why you are here: Photography!
I always thought photography was interesting, and had been particularly inspired by my Aunt, who did it professionally when I was younger. At some point, digital SLR photography became “affordable”, and by that I mean you could get a 6MP Digital SLR for under $2,000, which was still a ton of money. I managed to convince my wife to let me buy a Nikon D100, because my wife is a saint, and I dove into photography with both feet. I then spent about ten years of my life chasing the art form as both a full-time obsession and a part-time career.
I was successful with it. All humility aside, my work is far from garbage, and I have a lot of experience serving in a professional and customer service capacity, and I think all of that contributed. But running any business is a lot of work, and completely replacing the income of an experienced I.T. consultant is not a trivial task- particularly when the new profession is in an industry that is packed full of people who charge less for their hard labor than they would make while working at McDonald’s. I have little doubt I could have made it work, but I simply don’t have that kind of patience, and I have a lot of other interests I’d like to focus on as well.
So these days most of my professional photography work is focused on serving as a volunteer photographer for community organizations, such as the Acton Boxborough Friends of Music and wonderful theatre groups such as Open Door Theater. I do still take a paid engagement when there is interest, but it’s not something that I actively pursue like I once did.
I should mention that I do sell my artwork. All the pictures in the “Things Artistic” gallery can be purchased. I do limited runs of fifty prints per image, but custom-print and frame them to your particular interests and needs. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested.
My new focus and approach to photography is also why the text on my website is a little, uh… glib. Yeah, let’s go with glib. My site used to be all this boring blah-blah about light and art and business and such, because I was trying very hard to sound all professional and arty and different. I revisited my site recently and re-read it for the first time in who knows how long… and nearly gagged. So now I’m re-working the site and just telling it like it is. It’s really the same content. I make pictures goodly, and I do wicked cool stuff and… stuff. I’m just not going to try to make my site into this big doofy marketing campaign, because that’s boring as heck and I’m more interested in being who I am than I am in attracting a ton of customers.
As far as my other interests are concerned… if you’re still reading… and I cannot imagine why you would be… I’ve written a couple novels and a number of short stories. (No, none published yet.) I work around the house on the various repairs that are unavoidable for those foolish enough to own a home, and I quite enjoy the use of tools and the satisfaction of knowing I fixed the rotting corner of the house myself, rather than relying exclusively on paying someone else to do it. I toy with the idea of bringing out my trumpet and re-engaging in my passions musical, or maybe learning how to play the banjo that I’ve owned for a good twenty years, but since I also have an interest in spending time with my family before my kids grow up and move away, my various instruments of music may have to stay in the closet for a while longer. I also do a bit of other volunteer work. Some of this is related to my kids, such as building sets for plays and helping with the ABRHS Marching Band events, but I’ve also recently taught a photography course for a Boy Scouts of America organization, and who knows what else I’ll wind up falling into. What can I say? I do like to help, and I seem to be getting worse at saying “no”.
I also spend a lot of time thinking I’m terribly funny and acknowledging to people that I’m mostly not really as funny as I think I am. It’s a great hobby. You should try it. The people I work with at iuvo Technologies are ridiculously patient with me. I hope it’s not because of my position there, but who can say.
My wife hates that picture of me, by the way. I think it’s amusing. It probably scares people away occasionally, but that might be for the best. I can be a little unusual at times, so if someone is easily weirded-out, it’s probably wise for them to keep their distance.
Well, that’s basically it. As I say, I’d be surprised if anyone reads this, but if you did I hope it at least gave you a chuckle. It certainly allowed me the opportunity to talk about myself. That’s another hobby I have, but these days I’ve learned that most people would rather I not, so I try to keep it under wraps. So… thank you for indulging me.