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A Baby Brownie Camera was about all any lucky kid had when my brother and I were in grade school. But the desire for self expression didn't die despite such lowly devices. As with many budding photographers our desire for a better camera never died either. In my early career I worked in the field of Entertainment. One day I could afford to purchase a Pentax K1000 and later a Pentax ME super. (Yashica-D 6x6 120 twin lens before working up to a Rollei Rolleiflex twin lens. Once a former painting student of The Art Institute of Chicago, I commuted to work at the University of Illinois. Later I attended classes at Champaign, enrolled in the School of Architecture. All this happened before the age of nineteen. Our fondest memories are those of the Windy City days as kids before moving away. My brother and I played hooky to visit the Adler Planetarium together or explore art galleries along Michigan Avenue. We often visited the Field…

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  • Born on September 20
  • Joined December 24, 2008

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single lens reflex and viewfinder cameras, oil paints, water colors, exotic papers, gliclee and photographic processes

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A Baby Brownie Camera was about all any lucky kid had when my brother and I were in grade school. But the desire for self expression didn't die despite such lowly devices. As with many budding photographers our desire for a better camera never died either. In my early career I worked in the field of Entertainment. One day I could afford to purchase a Pentax K1000 and later a Pentax ME super. (Yashica-D 6x6 120 twin lens before working up to a Rollei Rolleiflex twin lens. Once a former painting student of The Art Institute of Chicago, I commuted to work at the University of Illinois. Later I attended classes at Champaign, enrolled in the School of Architecture. All this happened before the age of nineteen. Our fondest memories are those of the Windy City days as kids before moving away. My brother and I played hooky to visit the Adler Planetarium together or explore art galleries along Michigan Avenue. We often visited the Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry. While in fifth and sixth grade we often bicycled alone around the beaches on Lake Michigan. Those Lake Michigan winds often threatened to sweep us from our bicycles. But the best of all memories was knowing that The Chicago Art Institute was close at hand. We'd visit often and see gallery shows for very little money. Our father was well known locally for his prize winning paintings that hung there from time to time. Summers found us snapping candid pictures of sunbathers, their pets, their antics.

After high school, with scholarships in hand I enrolled at the University of Illinois and was influence the most strongly by the Expressionists.(W. Kandinsky, and other famous members of his "Salon".

If you're searching for a mission, Inspiring others may fulfill your dreams. We must all must work to inspire other human beings. If our work does this, we have succeeded, despite the obstacles life throws at us.

Each of us should pursue our need for self-expression.My humble efforts as a kid with a Brownie camera that took inadequate pictures but offered an outlet at the time.
It's not just about education, but about life experience. Our struggle for higher education after high school is sometimes arduous and intermittent.
(mine has included: Woodbury University, Glendale California; Special studies programs at Seattle University, music and voice at Los Angeles School of Music and Arts.)

Singing the Blues:
In my latest avatar photo I was caught performing "Black Coffee" at Club 28 in Bend, Oregon. Here's a link to view me in that performance at Club 28.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21687166

I love to sing Broadway, Jazz and the Blues... Clyde Keller (clydekellerphoto on ETSY) captured me at the club. Thanks Clyde!

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