Landscape Photography Magazine: Landscape Photographer of the Week

When did you start photography?

I purchased my first DSLR camera back in 2008. I was tired of the point and shoot cameras that I had back then and thought I would take the plunge. Recently I have ditched the DSLR system and moved to Fujifilm and the X-Series mirrorless system.

Who are your favourite past or present photographers?

Galen Rowell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Jack Dykinga, Zack Arias, Collin Hughes, Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Chase Jarvis.

What is your favourite and most inspiring location?

The ocean really inspires me. I live in Arizona but I travel to Mexico and California often. I get excited when I am able to head to the beach. There is something about it that draws me in. I could shoot there all day, everyday!

What are your future photographic plans?

I am taking a different view on photography than I did in the past. I am aiming for a more natural and realistic view. Very minimal, if any, post processing in my new work. I am also working on my gallery in Superior, Arizona. I have my own space where I get to display my photography plus my metal and wooden wall art.

What advice would you give to our readers?

Get off the internet and go out and shoot. You learn by doing so – at least that is where I learn. I learn by making mistakes, lots of them! Books, magazines and the internet are great, don't get me wrong. I use those avenues to get ideas and spark creativity but I find that I would rather be outside and take a bad picture than no picture. I keep trying to push myself and learn from my mistakes.

I am an American photographer living in Arizona, USA. Fairly recently I gave up on the DSLR system I used to own and moved to Fujifilm and the X-Series mirrorless system.