(1999) 1 : a serendipitous character
born from the gecko and the Kokopelli
2 : a photographic and quasi-journalistic
exploration of one persons detours along
a series of scenic back-roads through life
3 : a virtual detour on the internet where
one can visit the faces and places of
locations around the world and meet
a little princess named Annabel
|about the photos|
I am not a
professional photographer. A professional photographer would be
much more selective in placing their photos on display. Some of
the photos you will find in my galleries may not be much better than
photos you have sitting in a shoe box under your bed. There are
others that I personally think are quite good--I will let you be the
final judge. But my hope is that each one at least tells part of a
story: weather it gives a glimpse of an unfamiliar place, a unique view
of a familiar place, or shares somebody's smile.
Unfortunately I do not have the time now to add captions to the photos--it was enough of a feat for me to just get them on them on this web site. Many of the photos are placed in a gallery by geographic location. This is not the case for the train travel gallery. That gallery contains photos from across the United States and Canada. By hovering the curser over the thumbnail photos though, a flag will appear with the name of each photo. Sometimes this will give you a hint as to where the photo was taken; sometimes it may leave you even more puzzled.
The gallery is currently arranged in a timeline sequence. Photos from Tonga were taken between 1994 and 1996; photos from Australia were just taken this year during a trip taken in Dec/Jan, 1999/2000. Although there is not always a direct correlation between the type of camera I was using and the quality of the photos that resulted, it may be interesting to note that while in Tonga and New Zealand I was using a Pentax 38-90mm point and shoot zoom camera. Although it was a descent camera and had enough bells and whistles to allow for some creative photography, it quit working just before my trip through SE Asia. For that trip I was using a cheep, focus free, point and shoot--one step above a disposable--camera. This was unfortunate because it really limited the type of photos I was able to get, but it also challenged me to move around more to look for the perfect (better) composition and lighting. Working and living on the American Orient Express, I was able to save up enough money to purchase my first 35mm SLR: a Canon EOS Elan II that I am still using to this day. I have three different lenses now that I currently use: a 28 - 105 (3.5 - 4.5f) zoom lens which is usually perfect for three-quarters of the photos I take, a 100 - 300 (4.5 - 5.6f) zoom lens for those far away shots, and my most recent, a 20mm (2.8f) wide angle lens that has literally opened the world to me.
If you have questions about any of the photos--where it was taken, what it is, or how it was taken--or if you would like to comment on a photo that you particularly like (or dislike), please email me. Include the name of the photo (hover over the thumbnail) and in which gallery it is located, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
|about the musings|
|One day, musings will contain a collection of journal entries, short articles about travel locations, and possibly a few attempts at creative writing. Between work, my attempt at maintaining a social life, and the time spent on creating this web-site, I have not set aside much (any) time to writing, and therefore, the page currently appears very sparse--like a garden in the early spring. I am beginning to plant the seeds for that page, however, and I hope to see it begin to blossom over the next several months.|
Age: Old enough to buy liquor; young enough to get carded
Ht: 5'10" Weight: 170lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Lt. Brown - usually
Birthmark: Right cheek, beneath my Levi's
School: U of W (Seattle), Business Administration
Occupation: Changes as frequently as my bed sheets - currently an aerial photographer
Home: Changes as frequently as my jobs - currently living in Ellicott City, MD (between Baltimore and DC)