I have been a photojournalist, writer, communicator, and historian for most of my life. My very first experience was capturing intimate Grand Prix images as a “fly on the wall” in the world of Formula One. Those years changed my life forever.
I first picked up a “real” camera in 1971; a rudimentary autofocus, auto exposure point-and-shoot Canon Canonet, as part of Dr. Will Counts’ requisite Non-Verbal Communication course for journalism undergrads at Indiana University.
A day after I turned in my first assigned roll of film for the class, Dr. Counts hunted me down and demanded that I become an “Indiana Daily Student” newspaper photographer.
I still remember his pitch…
“I have never made any photographs before”, I said. “I don’t own a camera.”
“Buy one, it’s what you’re meant to do…"