My interest in photography began when I was about eight, when I took my first pictures with my parents' Instamatic camera. A year or two later, I learned how to develop and print black and white film, and I've called myself a photographer ever since. Those seeds planted in my childhood led me to study black and white photography seriously while I was in high school, and then to major in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT, I got a solid grounding in studio and location lighting techniques, and in the technical aspects of working with film as well as digital media. Most importantly, I learned how to work in color, including printing my own images. After many years of working exclusively in black and white, discovering color was a revelation to me. I finally felt I could create images to show the world as I see it. Since then, I have worked primarily in color, and have further developed my approach to the subjects that I find personally appealing: textures and details, both natural and manmade. Much of my work is made when I am traveling or away from home. Taking myself out of my comfortable and familiar surroundings, and out of my element, heightens my awareness of the things around me.