"In this Journal, my pen is a delicate needle point, tracing out a graph of temperament so as to show its daily fluctuations: grave and gay, up and down, lamentation and revelry, self-love and self-disgust. You get here all my thoughts and opinions, always irresponsible and often contradictory or mutually exclusive, all my moods and vapours, all the varying reactions to environment of this jelly which is I"
-- Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion (1889–1919), British diarist. March 11, 1917 entry. The Journal of a Disappointed Man
Curiosity appears to have gotten the best of you and as a result, here you are. Looking at my about page to see what morsels of information or additional insight you can glean about me.
It's either that or you are bored to tears. (I will let you decide which it is).
WHY AM I HERE..?
The truth is......I'm here by accident.
I stumbled across Google+ in September of 2011 (almost three months after it launched). I was invited to a Photowalk in Austin and managed to meet some great people whom all frequented or used Google+ so I joined to share my photography. I was looking for a place where I could share, get comments and blog a bit without having to create yet another photography blog. This was it and things were going great until December 21, 2011. Then things changed.
You see, I don't shoot like most Digital Photographers. I am an OLD FILM guy, so I rarely use the back display on my camera. I always shoot in 100% Manual Mode and I take my time, think about my shots and generally wait a bit once I am set up. So, I am somewhat methodical (most of the time). After three months of Google+ sharing my backlog oh photographs the seemingly impossible happened.
I ran out of stuff to share.
Anyway, that story was shared a bunch and started a change.
Since that time I have written a great deal. Over 400 pages of text in 2012 alone and 45 long posts. While I was here to share my photography, it turns out my writing was received just as well if not better.
So, for a long time I wrote a long (over 1500 word story) every week. Then, just as before something happened.
I ran out of things to say.
You see, my stories are 100% Non-Fiction. They either happened to me, were witnessed by me or are my opinion. After 50 of them, I literally ran out of things to say (my life isnt that interesting). As a result I have slowed down quite a bit but I do still write.
I have to admit, if you want to meet some great people, you need to take a look at the folks that leave me comments on my stories. I have to tell you, I have some of the nicest most supportive people on the Internet that follow me, and I am grateful for every one of them.
I keep an archive of my long posts so they are easier to find (you'd think Google would have a better solution for this, but they don't) So, in case you are wondering what these stories are that I am talking about, you can find them here:
My Long Post/ Story Archive
So why am I here...?
It' simple really. I am here to share. I don't have some APP to sell, I'm not Internet Famous, I won't come do lectures and I don't teach classes. (I have been asked to write a book so there may be that, but I haven't officially started anything yet). I'm just a regular guy, trying REALLY hard to make it through life. I photograph what I can, share what I can and try and support some of my friends here on G+ all at the same time. That's it.... no million picture goal, no apps, nothing to sell and NO half naked pictures of me to help get numbers.
Just me, my Images and Words
A Little Bio - Technology Stuff
So I get this all the time, and I hate talking about myself. But, people ask questions, and rather than answer them all the time, I have added this stuff here in hopes of answering most of them.
I am an Engineer twice over. My first Degree is in Architecture, and my Masters is in Computer Information Systems. My regular job has been building giant web sites up to recently. Now, I work for a gaming company. Some of the web sites I have either been a developer on or managed the development of include: Symantec.com, Amazon.com, Sophora.com, Hotwire.com, Travelocity.com and a bunch of others. In this business I am a payments and security specialist. I have been programming for 33 years (as of 2013) on the Windows Platform. I have been doing Web Development (highly transactional, fault tolerant systems and dynamic data driven systems since 1999). I have written two books (with six other friends) on Windows Development and been asked to write a few others, but haven't (its a lot of work).
Yes - I really did design a project that flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery, Flight 51G. I am a space nut, and it was a dream I had when I was a kid (1976 to be exact). I realized that dream in 1985 when the Discovery carried my payload into space. Shy of my children being born, it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life.
Oddly, I started taking pictures 33 years ago as well (I was a busy kid back then what can I say). I shot with a Pentax K1000. I processed all of my film by hand and printed all of my pictures by hand. As a result, I developed (pun intended) a strong appreciation for black and white photography. To this very day I shoot 80% of my images in B&W.
I am a 100% Nikon Shooter. I have the following Camera's in my bag: Nikon - F5, D700, D300 and seven f2.8 or faster Nikkor lenses. ( I would have my D800 now, but I have a kid in college.... so perhaps soon)
In my studio, I shoot with Alien Bee's. Though my model/portrait work is slim to none, I do have a complete studio. (I have kids, I have to use that stuff for something).
Since I started taking pictures again back in 2006, I have been published in 6 different books, 4 national magazines and 5 different newspapers. I have hung in 3 galleries in the last 6 years and won 4 different awards for my work.
That's all for now....
You can go now....
Nothing else to see or read here.