After relying on a friend to graciously take whatever pictures I wanted, with his camera, during my first trip to England, I took up photography as a hobby in the fall of 2005. My gear has evolved over the years, from my first Sony point-and-shoot 5MP camera, through 2 subsequent dSLR's to my current full-frame Canon 6D dSLR. I am particularly drawn to architecture as a subject (a never-ending delight on travel!) as well as strong design elements and patterns, plus macro and close-up photography. I try to capture straightforward imagery, reflecting what I see around me; hopefully in a unique and beautiful way.
I live in Northern Virginia, and help satisfy my love of architecture by serving as a volunteer guide at the Washington National Cathedral, which provides a nearly-unending source of subject matter. The damages suffered there from the August 2011 earthquake are staggering---many years of repair work and some 22 million dollars yet to be raised (via private donations) are required. Please consider supporting this important effort.
I've been fortunate to be able to participate in several projects using my images:
** "Beauty in the Shadows" by blacksmith Nol Putnam. Published by Blue Moon Press, this lovely 'coffee table book' is devoted to the marvelous ironwork of Washington National Cathedral and features several dozen of my images,
** A handful of images featured in two recent BetterPhoto Guide instruction books, "Creative Photography" and "Light",
** A book cover for Jeff Sypeck's "Looking Up" book of poetry,
** 2014 wall calendar, plus other printed public materials produced by the Cathedral,
** The cathedral's gift shop, as well as Ford's Theater gift shop, both sell a selection of gift and souvenir merchandise featuring my imagery; cathedral merchandise sales benefit the cathedral.
I invite your comments or questions on my imagery, or about photography in general, and always enjoy meeting, talking with and learning from others who share a love for this art. ~Chris (03/17)