I'm a Madison, Wisconsin based photographer, specializing in the performing arts. My work has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers around the globe, as well as being featured on numerous CD layouts and artists' websites.
My background is in music; I have a degree in saxophone performance from the Lawrence Conservatory and spent twelve years on the music scene in the Twin Cities. I also do software development and spent nearly a decade working on the Adobe Text Engine, which drives the Text tools in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as many other Adobe products.
I started studying photography after a trip to the American West; I wanted to know why my snapshots didn't look like the pretty posters. I started with 35mm color negative film and soon progressed to slide film and then to black and white which I developed in my basement. That led me into large formatI built my own 8x10 view cameraand making contact prints. Making wet prints is one of my favorite things to do, and has informed my digital post processing techniques. Over the years, I added some other fun cameras (such as a 4x5 SLR, and a 6x9 folder), but I finally gave in and switched my main workflow to digital.
I resisted for a long time, but I couldn't deny the quality and convenience of digital. I'm able to get images that make me as happy as shooting film does, and improved tools allow me to work much like I did in the darkroom. I won't get into a debate about one being better than the other: film will always have a place in my heart (don't be surprised if I show up with both film and digital cameras!), but there's no question that digital is much more convenient in today's all-digital workflows.
(when the kids get older, I'll go back to making contact prints...)