Where am I and how the hell did I get here?

Columbia River Rainier, Oregon
The Mighty Columbia River, Rainier Oregon

I grew up on the east coast but eventually found my way to the Pacific Northwest. I love it here. It rains a lot. I work for a small aerospace company where I do product photography, graphic design, copywriting, print ads, and other related and un-related things. I became interested in photography in the late 1990's. At the time I never imagined photography would lead me astray. In college, I studied electronics and spent thirteen years working with industrial automation in a textile factory before abandoning my career in pursuit of more creative endeavors. To be honest, all I ever wanted was to do meaningful things and have fun. I have no desire to fill a specific box or wear another person's labels.

In case you haven't noticed, I have a thing for macro photography. Specifically, getting up close and personal with bugs in their own freakish environments. There is a bizarre little world out there that few pay attention to. I also like to write and consider writing a good way to burn off any excess time I may or may not have. Writing also provides the voices in my head with a bridge to reality. I have journals that document my insanity over the past decade and that is only because I destroyed the earlier journals about ten years ago--stupid me. I love rock music and I'm certain I would not be complete without it. Perhaps in my next career I might make music? I'm still trying to work things out with my guitar though. I believe life is absurd and I like absurdities. I also like long walks by the mighty Columbia River and colourful people who shine like beacons in the wild. And after all these years I still don't have a TV. All that being said, hello and thanks for listening.