I think if you check out biographies of many notable artists/musicians/creative-types, you will see that their achievements are the result of a life-long 'trajectory', that started when they were pretty young - before they even realized the path they were on?, they were *on it*.
is true for me.
( That doesn't mean I am equal to them, at all - it just means 'the path
is the same', for all of us.)
liked to take us on 'driving' vacations - so we went to the Bay of Fundy(Canada),
to see the tide go out, and every peak of note in the N.E., and all
the historic sites, & all kinds of 'outdoor/natural' things.
was 10, they sent me to a private boarding school, a very good one -
St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire.
One of my earliest memories of the place is of taking a calligraphy
class, in a study room that looked out on a babbling waterfallsand was
soon studying Latin, and Greek, and French. Didn't think much about
it at the time, but in retrospect, studying languages gives one an appreciation
of the depth & fluidity of our "human "symbols", be they language,
or pictures, or whatever.... which is why i can now look at ...a ladder
stuck in the sand, or a windmill, or landscape, and "see" something
else, some other metaphor/relationship...
I also started drawing in my early teens, and started really taking 'art' seriously. It was somewhere in this time period that i came across an old Kodak 'Autographic' camera in my dad's desk drawers - It was totally an antique then ( never mind now!).... and i took a few pix w/ it... but stayed primarily interested in 'art' (as in "painting/drawing" etc.).
I 'messed around' alot in the early '70's, and got back to going to school in '74 - i was inspired by a graphic design teacher to go into advertising - it was a way you could do 'creative things' and get *paid for 'em*! (as in "having a job/salary/regular paycheck...) That sounded good to me, so i did it - I also ended up in a photography class, cause the private school had taken care of all the requirements, and i had to fill out the ciriculum... I learned all my 'basic darkroom skills' there. I know my first 50 rolls or so looked like dog****!.... but i kept at it.
I read in an ad (of all places) for Fuji film, really struck me, and
has remained a guiding principle since then - it was a quote of Joel
From '76-81, i worked as an advertising art director, and watched every photog i worked with -that was a good education.In '81, I got bored/frustrated w/ advertising, and went into architectural photography.
Shooting architecture leaves one w/ alot of 'down time' due to weather/winter,
so i started working w/ things in my darkroom - At this point, a number
of things came together - and i started making the kind of montage pix
i do now.
The recession of the early '90's totally cleaned me out - architectural shooting in the Wash., DC area took a nose dive, my income went from $40k to 4k... i threw what i could in my car, and drove west - as far west as possible... and ended up in SF.
i was looking for back east, ended up being out here.