A love of mine gave me my first camera. It was the beginning of the end of our relationship. All I wanted to do was tramp trails, pound pavement, follow blue highways and get up close to the face of every thing I'd meet. I still do.
Automobiles, motorcycles and motorsports have been an obsession all my life. Born and raised in a town of 3500 people, we were only twenty miles from Washington DC yet twenty years slower than urban life. I breathed in bouquets of hot rods, customs, Harleys, ’57 Nomads, Ed Roth & George Barris, classic cars and antiques, drag racing, Triumph Daytonas, Pontiac Bonnevilles, ’58 Thunderbirds, sports cars, and supercars.
Forget about the visit from Don Ameche. I could care less about my dad’s boarding school buddy after seeing the actor’s ride parked in front of our house. They had to yank me out of his fire engine red 1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible. I was nine years young and standing outside Diamond Drugs when a 1963 Chrysler Turbine, bodied by Ghia in bronze paint, whistled to a stop at my feet. Maybe my town wasn’t backwoods or so small, after all.
Four years later my brothers took me to my first sportscar endurance race. It was the Marlboro Double 300 and the first ever TransAm victory for Mark Donahue in Roger Penske’s Camaro. Porsche 911s swept seven of the first eight places the day before, a lone Alfa Romeo GTA breaking the porkie chain in fifth. I was gone, hook, line and sinker.
Fifteen years later, that first camera arrived. My life changed as my photography career bloomed. It was Kodachrome this, B/W infrared that, handcoloring, Velvia, Ektachrome, FP4, Agfa Scala, Fuji 617, Linhof 612, Hasselblad XPan, Canon. I've shot ad campaigns for Transamerica Corporation of it’s San Francisco landmark Pyramid building; feature stories, travel assignments, business portraits, and architecture for magazines including Forbes, the Washington Post magazine, Preservation, United’s inflight Hemispheres, Smithsonian. Everything from Alcatraz to zoos, coffee, pizza, motocross, national parks, NFL football, baseball, World Cup soccer, wine grapes, vineyards and wineries, Mayan ruins and tall ships.
It all blew up when I discovered the internet and sportscar racing on the nine inch b/w monitor of my Mac Classic. Another arc of my life’s circle was drawn. National and International travel became the norm as I covered Audi’s glory days at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the ALMS, the ELMS, ILMC, F1, WEC, and IMSA WeatherTech. Racing and road-going clients I’ve shot on assignment include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Dyson Racing, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Porsche, Circuit of the Americas, MidOhio, American Flat Track, and many privateer teams including Drayson Racing, Risi Competizione, and Strakka Racing.
A few honors I’ve received from annuals over the years are from American Photography 12, Graphis, Detroit Art Directors Club, the Society of Publication Designers and PDN Photo Annual.