People often ask how I got my start in photography. It was while I was working in the photo library and archives at the Center For Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona when the bug bit me. I would browse books in the collection and that’s where I discovered photographers like Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Harry Callahan, Nan Goldin, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, and George Platt Lynes. In 1999, I bought my first camera, a Sony Mavica 2 megapixel digital camera that took floppy discs. Until then, I always feared that photography was too expensive a hobby for me to pursue. The Mavica was a great way for me to learn composition and overcome any anxiety I had about wasting exposures. I could erase any shots that I didn’t like. Of course now I have learned not to delete images out of the camera. Sometimes what I initially thought was a mistake ended up being the most interesting photograph.
Here are a few of my early photos that I shot with the Mavica: