The above sound clip is from the 1996 spoken word adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
I’ve been photographing since 1964 when my parents handed me a Kodak Brownie similar to this
to take pictures at the 1964 Worlds Fair. We lived in Queens not far from the fairgrounds, so we were there a lot. Yes, I’m that old. Can’t you tell by the wrinkles in my forehead in the photo above?
During my Junior High School years I started shooting with a Yashica exactly like this.
I experimented a lot with different films and developed and printed my own work in a darkroom I setup in our bathroom. I shot a lot of Gymnastics as I was a gymnast from the age of about ten and also shot a lot of the team photos for my High School yearbook.
After graduating from Stony Brook with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, I fiddled about with different careers, none of which had anything to do with my studies. I didn’t continue my photographing passion until around the time that the first digital cameras started coming out. Boy I wish I had carried a camera during the 80s and 90s, we would have seen some awesome shots backstage and in dressing rooms of every music venue in NYC during that time. 🙂
I picked up a Fuji S100FS and shot Craft Beer and other related alcohol events for about four years.
Stepping up to a Canon 5D Mark II a few years ago really changed my photography, and I continue to shoot with it today.