After finding a renewed interest in outdoor photography while living in Alaska in the late 60's, I found myself returning to my hometown of Kane, PA. I wondered if I could ever capture nature's beauty in the same way again. It wasn't long before I realized that Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwest New York were ideal locations for nature photography. With the Allegheny National Forest, Allegheny Reservoir and Allegheny State Park at my doorstep, the wildlife was certainly there. Of course, there were no Grizzly Bears or Moose, but Pennsylvania had it's own share of interesting inhabitants! Soon it was apparent that the thick forests of Northern Pennsylvania had much more to offer than one could imagine. The area is home to Black Bear, Deer, Turkey, Bobcats, Bald Eagles, Coyotes, Fox and much more, with scenic backgrounds to go with them all.
Very much an amateur photographer, I sometimes regret that I didn’t do photography full time. Unfortunately, I have to work to support my habit. I’ve been doing nature photography for over thirty years, and it was only about fifteen years ago that I started to show my work, in a serious manner, to the public. I now have grown a small business, “Eagle-Eye Photography”, do many nature shows during the year, ranging from small local displays, to larger “nature art festivals”, to giving talks on the joys of nature photography.
My photos are now displayed in many locations throughout the area including; The Kane Community Hospital, The Westline Inn, The Roy B. Constables Stores (Kane & Johnsonburg), Bob's Trading Post on Rt. 321, Kane Depot (seasonal), the Elk Visitor Center in Benezette and the Cameron County Chamber and Artisan Center in Emporium.
I’m now doing work with the “Pennsylvania Wilds”, trying to promote tourism in our area, as well as working with the “Allegheny National Forest Travel Bureau”. Photography has come a long way in the past couple of years, with “digital” dominating the industry. I have moved on to digital, where I find much more ways to improve my craft. My photography is still “old school”, which means I still go into the field, spend hours at locations, and do not computer enhance my imagines. What you see in my pictures is really there!
Enjoy taking pictures, remember - “A picture is like a poem without words”.