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City/hometown: Ely, Minn.Background/education/occupation: Colorado State University and Colorado Mountain College/photographerPreferred subject to photograph: Anything that’s really well-lit

What’s the inspiration behind your photography? With my personal work, that’s something that is very oblique for me, but looking around at the right times and paying attention to what I see is a big part of it.Most memorable exhibit: Of mine? I did a show with CMC with a bunch of other photographers where they gave out awards to just about everyone, like in kids’ soccer, but I didn’t win anything. I’ll do better with this one, I promise.Family information: Got myself a fine woman and a stellar dogWhere’s the most breathtaking place in the world you’ve shot: There’s lots, but on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro next January should be breathtaking – the air’s pretty thin up thereWhich three photographers, living or dead, would you like to spend a weekend working with? I’d like to ride around the frontier with Edward S. Curtis meeting and photographing Native Americans. Sebastiao Salgado is another traveler and raconteur with the camera. Mark Seliger has made a lot of portraits of rock stars.Did you ever own a Polaroid? I have a Polaroid Back. I’ve shot a lot of it.If you could only have one piece of art hanging in your living room, what would it be? A big original Ansel Adams print would be nice

Digital or film? I shoot both.Do you ever take photos of people, and if so, who was your all-time favorite subject? Yes. Does my dog count?



Color: I like that ephemeral blue in the eastern sky just as the sun is setting.Place to shoot in Garfield County: I like to photograph Carbondale and Mt. Sopris from Red Hill. I have yet to get the shot I want from there, but I will.Food: Claude at Russets makes a mean scallops dishBook: My Colorado GazetteerPoet: Robert ZimmermanSong: FreebirdInstrument: The electric guitarMovie: “Swingers” gets me every time.Famous photograph: C’mon, just one?


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