Love for music is one of my defining characteristics. My strong feelings probably stem from being a musician (trumpet) from childhood through early adulthood. While I no longer play, my passion for music remains. What kind of music do I listen to?

In the 7th grade I decided that I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up, so I purchased my first 35mm camera. It was a great creative outlet for me, but I began to have doubts that I could make it as a professional photographer and chose to be more pragmatice about my future. So, after high school, I mainly used my camera for travel and special events.

In 2001, after advising a friend on the purchase of a 35mm camera, I took up the hobby again with even more enthusiasm. After buying a new 35mm SLR and enjoying the world of photography anew, I went off the deep end and bought a classic medium format camera and a few lenses along with a scanner. The larger image size of medium format allowed me to make larger prints while still maintaining sharpness. I began to take portraits of friends and family, as well as landscapes and buildings. In time, I created a Web Site to advertise my photography services and images called "Reflections of Reality."

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While preparing for a trip to Europe in 1992, I developed a fascination with the history of art and architecture. I've since had the opportunity to witness many exceptional works of art in person and enjoy doing so a great deal. I really enjoy the paintings of El Greco, Tintoretto, and Leonardo as well as the Sculpture of Michelangelo and Rodin. I'd have to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is my favorite architect, but I also enjoy Mies, Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus Movement and, more recently, Gehry.

 

As a student at KU, I began to check out videos of classic movies from the Lawrence Public Library. I was a little curious as to why movie critics like Roger Ebert would talk about old movies with such enthusiasm.

Having grown up with motion pictures like Star Wars, Beverly Hills Cop and Die Hard, I had developed a taste for excitement and visual impact. However, seeing classic films, like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington began to make me have a greater appreciation for subtlety and good writing.

That is not to say that these attributes can't be found in today's movies, but rather that good cinema existed a long time before the development of color and Dolby sound. Read about some of my favorite movies.