I am a retired township assessor from Deerfield, Lake County, Illinois. I served the township residents in this capacity for 28 years. Additionally I formed my own corporation that specialized in real estate appraisal as well as providing education for officials involved in the property tax systems in Illinois and Indiana. I developed and taught numerous courses on statistical methodologies of analysing real estate market data. Retiring in March 2009, I am currently residing in Baileys Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin.
Other than a few adult continuing education courses in photography, I am essentially a self-taught photographer. My interest in the medium began when I was stationed at the U.S.Army Defence Language Institute in Monterey, California where I was immersed into a year-long study of Russian language, subsequently being stationed in West Berlin serving as a Russian radio traffic analyst.
During my time in Monterey, master photographers Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and others were actively photographing the region and beginning to transform the medium into the art form we all know today. They, their work and the Monterey Peninsula served as the initial inspiration for my interest in photography.Most of my work today employs a Nikon digital single lens reflex camera although more recently I have come under my wife’s spell and have started using my IPhone 6 to render pictures that are more pictorial in nature rather than straight representations of the scene. In camera multiple exposures, composite photos (combining two or more images), a vortoscope (duct taped mirrors forming a prism) are currently the techniques and tools of choice.