Hi, my name is Ben. Thanks for stopping by!
When I was about 14, my dad let me use a small 35mm camera of his which only exposed half frames, meaning that I could get 72 pictures on a roll of 36 frames, a definite advantage for a kid on a tight budget. A family friend who was a professional photographer taught me to develop my own black and white film, and high school buddy and I dabbled with exposing heart-shapes around snapshots of the girls we had crushes on (our version of Photoshop editing). Then “life” happened, I changed high schools, and photography took a back seat until a couple years after graduation, when I was able to afford my own first “real” camera, a Minolta X700. I have thousands upon thousands of 35mm negatives that I intend to scan “one of these days”. However, even though I had been interested in photography since my early teen years, I never really had a chance to pursue it with the focus I wanted to until I became disabled by multiple sclerosis (MS).
Heating up my long-simmering interest in photography has helped me to view this new phase of my life as an opportunity rather than an impediment to living. It has been an adventure, to say the very least. I have taken my wheelchair some places it probably should never have gone, but bouncing down forest trails has enabled me to get some pictures I could never have captured otherwise and to commune with nature in ways that I could never seem to make time for when I worked in a cubicle.
My first digital camera was a Canon PowerShot G2 (remember those?), which I finally retired several years ago in favor of my first DSLR, a Nikon D40X. Now, however, my beloved D40X will be taking a rest, as I have recently added a Nikon D7000 to my arsenal. I am looking forward to seeing what it can do!
Thank you for looking at my pictures. I hope that you get as much pleasure from viewing them as I had taking them.