I have always hated the question - Where are you from? It presented such a dilemma for me. How much or how little did this person want to know? The whole story is too long for the expected basic one-word answers like Munich or New Jersey or Chicago or New Mexico or Las Cruces or Arvin or Santa Cruz or Davis or San Francisco.
I was born in Munich but my halting childish German is an embarrassment to my relatives who are still there. Ironically there is an issue about that too - the younger ones understand because they consider me an American and are proud that their excellent English is better than my German. The older ones would resent my calling myself German because they were from Marienbad and didn't consider themselves German - but that is another story. (See what I mean - its complicated)
The major part of my childhood was spent in New Mexico and later in Arvin in the vast San Joaquin Valley of California. With one glorious 5th grade year in Chicago, that really woke me up to life’s possibilities. I have lived in San Francisco for more than 40 years now so this is where I'm "from" - now.
When you spend your childhood in New Mexico it imprints on your soul. It is not just the long rich history and endless sky – but the light. My father taught me to take and develop photos with a Brownie Hawk-eye and the dark room equipment at the high school where he taught Math and at times photography.
Through college and my early adult years I used a Pentax K1000 to feed my compulsion to take more pictures and with apologies to Ansel - simultaneously fell in love with color and lost the control of the darkroom. I worked in wood doing block prints, painted a little and studied Chinese brush painting.
I spent the computer revolution at Xerox first as a field technician and later a network system support engineer for western region. We learned digital imaging, color laser printing and network communication literally as it was being invented. Today we can have fine digital cameras, powerful software and the simplicity of ink-jet printing (giclée - if you must) all at home – we have control of our images once again. Life is good!
Since I retired I am back to doing more photography. I take pictures of the world around me as I see it. I hope you enjoy them - they are meant to bring joy and peace to your heart as they do mine. Thanks so much for your interest