I have been taking pictures for almost 60 years. I started at the age of nine with a Baby Brownie Special. As a teenager my first 35mm camera was a Bolsey B. I built a darkroom in the basement of my home and spent many hours printing and enlarging B&W photos. In 2000, I bought my first digital camera and have enjoyed “developing” pictures on the computer rather than in the darkroom. For my first 50 years with a camera, I was just taking snapshots.
During the past decade I have had the good fortune to combine two of my favorite activities – foreign travel and photography. My love of travel started in 1960 after graduating from college when I spent six months in Europe with the help of the book “Europe on $5 a Day”.
When I retired in 2008, I joined a photography workshop in the American Southwest. That experience ignited a flame in me to become more serious about photography. Over the past several years I have traveled to many out of the way places including Bali, Borneo, Cuba, Iceland, Madagascar, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Romania and Tibet, where I especially enjoy taking pictures of people. This is the focus of my images in this show. Like Bill Allard, I share the love of photographing people in different cultures.