Growing up in Ohio in the 50s proved to be just the best childhood I could have ever asked for. One summer when I was a young boy, my buddies and I built a car out of old wood and four cast-off wagon wheels. We took turns coasting down the hill in back of the house. Later that snowy winter we built an igloo in the backyard and slept out in it one night as my mother watched anxiously from a window at the house.
I started taking pictures of my friends in our backyard escapades with my dad’s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. We graduated to using my next-door neighbor’s Kodak 8mm movie camera to film stop-motion sequences of us scooting around the yard as racecar drivers, the start of my eventual career in cinema production. It wasn’t till college that I got a camera of my own––a beautiful Kodak Instamatic 124 that I used to shoot photos all across country to Disneyland, California. Then while stationed in Arizona in the Army, I was introduced to a used Nikon F, which I thought was the Cadillac of all 35mm cameras. I shot film in a number of cameras after that until I finally reached the digital camera age.
When I take pictures of my family, they tire of posing long before I tire of taking pictures, but still I persist. Landscapes, bridges, cows, and old barns never complain about how long it takes or how many shots are stacking up on the card. Photography is a passion that has given me great pleasure (and a side-job now and then). The people I have met along the way are the greatest benefits though. And I believe my God is pleased when I choose to capture an image of His creation for my own satisfaction or to show others.
In addition to my search for photographs of old 50s cars, broken-down old houses, or trees in the misty morning, I am a full-time filmmaker and teacher at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC –– the best life for me!
In 1976, I graduated from Bob Jones University with a Master of Arts degree in Cinema. I have 36 years experience in filmmaking and photography, working as an instructor and the Production Designer in the Department of Cinema at Bob Jones University. I teach classes in The Art of Photography, Digital Imaging Technologies, and Scenic Design and am co-chair of the two annual student photography competitions at BJU.
I have won awards in a number of competitions and exhibits in numerous group-shows locally. My work is displayed at the Anderson County Arts Center and is represented in the permanent collection of the Pickens County Museum of Art. I also exhibit at Christopher Park Gallery in Greenville, SC.
From downtown Greenville, take Wade Hampton (Hwy. 29) north. Turn right into Bob Jones University campus. Go straight and turn right onto South Drive, turn left onto Stadium View Dr. Turn left onto Prof's Place. #20 is the 1st house on the right.