I got my start in photography like most people, with the gift of a point-n-shoot camera as a teenager, to take happy-snaps when on vacation and at parties and things. After graduating from college, I found myself unemployed and with lots of time on my hands while I sent out applications for jobs. I wanted to get back into painting and drawing, which I had done a fair bit of in high school. I thought “I’ll learn just enough about photography to take pictures to use as subject matter”, so I got a manual camera and a very basic darkroom setup and a book, “An Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography” by John Schaefer. I taught myself to develop film and the basics of printing black-and-white. Well, any notion of just using photography as a means to another end went out the window the first time I saw an image form on the paper floating in the print developer. I was hooked. It’s been all downhill since. I went from a cheap, crude Chinese-made Seagull rangefinder camera to a beat-up Hasselblad. The Hassy was my main camera for a very long time. I’ve moved on from there, and now primarily shoot large and ultra-large format cameras.
I have a blog where I talk about my photography, my vintage image collection, and anything else that happens to cross my mind (and most of the time is at least vaguely photography related). You can find it at http://dcphotoartist.wordpress.com .