I have been a photographer since age fiteen.
My uncles were both artists. Uncle Lee was into elecronics and cameras. Uncle Lloyd used chalds, oils, charcoal or colored pencils in his paintings. He taught me about light and shadows and how one can be used to highlight the other.
Uncle Lee taught me the fundamentals of photography. He also showed me how to develop and print black & white and color film. Back then all the equipment was manual. It was a great learning experience.
The time I used to spend in the darkroom processing and printing images is now time spent in the studio.
The photographers that most inspired me over the years span a wide variety of styles and visions. Duane Michals, Irvin Penn, Gordon Parks, Art Kane and the great portrait photographer George Harrell have all helped me in one way or another.