Saturday, June 14, 2008

Welcome to Shooting my Universe


I was 16 when I bought my first camera. It was a Minolta XE-7. I began to spend time in the woods using my hunting skills to photograph wild life. The gun gathered dust while I tough myself to identify birds. When I was a senior in high school, I was the photo editor for the year book.

After studying at the University of Vermont, work took me away from my Vermont home and dropped me in Los Angeles. (“Toto, we’re not in Kansas any more.”) I became active in the El Dorado Audubon Chapter, Long Beach, California, serving on the Board of Directors.

A job opened up in Boulder Colorado in ’89 and took me from palm trees to ponderosa pines. I became active in the Boulder County Audubon Chapter, lead bird walks, worked on bird population studies, kept the county bird records, did Bird-a-thons and continued photographing.

In 1993 I entered my one and only photography contest at a local art museum. I had a stunning photo of a Western Tanager. It took second place behind a snapshot of three little bunnies in someone’s front lawn. Following the advice of another well know photographer, I don’t enter photo competitions any more. “You enter you photos in contests only to lose to pictures of kittens with hats falling out of a basket”. I presented the photograph to my mother and it remains one of her prized possessions.

Children came along and the cameras went on the shelf.

Work brought me out to Massachusetts in 2006. This is my first time living in Maritime New England. Now the kids are gone and the technology has changed. It seems that the digital world has made it easy to pick up photography again.

I’m just out walking about with my camera, shooting my universe. That's what I do.

7 comments:

Eve said...

Nice intro and nice to meet you Steve!! Sounds like you have a plan...I'm interested in seeing more. Have fun with it, can't wait to enjoy your walks!

Steve B said...

Thanks for stopping by, Eve. I've seen your blog too. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

have you read THE SECRET LIFE OF LOBSTERS? amazing book . . .

Randi said...

I´m so glad that you are just out walking with your camera - thanks for sharing your wonderful and interesting photos. I´ll come back!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Very nice introduction. I enjoy seeing your daily photos and reading your stories. You've got a fan! (but not one of those weird stalking kind of fans...)

Sharon UK said...

Found yr webpage thru a bird watching webpage. Fantastic daily photos, you've inspired me to take my little camera out of the drawer. Thank you for sharing yr photos!

christine said...

my husband stumbled across your site. i'm also a fan of good morning gloucester. i work with rebel shakespeare company, in july and in august we'll be at Halibut Point. we have high school aged kids who do real live awesome shakespeare. maybe you'd like to shoot that part of your world if you're in the neighborhood in 2011.

nice to stumble across you. cheers,
cg

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