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BEGINNINGS


Most accomplished artists find their direction early and usually it is a single direction. I began photography at eight with a Brownie Hawkeye but it wasn’t until 23 years later that I bought a view camera and began serious shooting while holding down a full-time job as a product manager at Bose.

Luck had this switch from engineering to marketing happen at the right time. While I was learning what it was like to shoot the landscape with a four by five I found myself working with the best photographers in Boston (with 8“ x 10” view cameras), and somtimes even directing them.

Working at Bose had another benefit: business trips to the west (and even Japan with a stopover in Anchorage) where I could explore iconic locaations (Brice, Canyonlands, Arches). One major lesson was that I had to photograph near where I lived. An occasional visit did not work. In fact I spent ten to fifteen years shooting my most important subject-areas. I also learned I would have to make my own prints to get the results I wanted.

In 1977 I built a darkroom especially for making dye transfer prints. Looking at exhibits of dye transfer prints convinced me it was the only process that could deliver sufficient saturation and control.

Textures In Grass I

Textures In Grass I

Anchorage, Alaska, August 1977 cat. JW 0016

Ipswich Sunset

Ipswich Sunset

Near Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts,= JW 4367

FIRST TRIES


In the west I oddly enough discovered my love of New England, but back home all I really knew was that it would not be lighthouses. But there were places I frequented that might work. The top of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont was a nice vista but nothing special. I was drawn to salt marshes but it was nine years before I was really pleased (below) but fall brought milkweeds and frost.

I found a beautiful double pod but it was next to a firing range, so I brought it home and experimented with lighting for several months.

Vermont, if you looked, in small, out-of-the-way places was wonderful. But it was seven years before I found the overlooks on the Mass Pike where valleys had been filled and I could see directly into the tree canopy,

Ipswich Sunset

Ipswich Sunset

Near Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts,= JW 4367

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