At first, the camera was just a reason to get close to some of the wildlife in suburban Chicago. Taking photos to preserve the memories just seemed to make sense. Starting out, I just took snapshots. I didn’t understand shutter speeds, apertures, lenses, etc. and really didn’t care.
But something about meeting animals in their habitat and on their terms moved me. Wild animals have a spirit and oftentimes, I could feel it. And it changed me.
Over time, my approach and goals for image-making have changed too. I’m no longer satisfied simply documenting the natural world, I strive to create art. Light, composition, behavior and razor-sharp focus are almost as important to me as capturing the very spirit of the animal itself.