You might say I backed into photography. In college, I began my studies as a physics major, then switched to fine arts, but neither pursuit really became an all-consuming interest. It wasn't until my daughter was born, that I picked up a 35mm camera and began to take photos somewhat seriously. Even then, it was only the desire to record my daughter's life and share it with her relatives that lived farther away. But I did start reading photography magazines, and kept trying to improve the pictures. Meanwhile, my career was in programming, and I pursued that for some 20 years.
Tiring finally of information technology, as it was evolving into more and more of an individual pursuit (think PCs), I began to look for some way to become a professional photographer. I did some wedding photography as both the photographer and as an assistant to another photographer, but did not really enjoy it. What I enjoyed was landscapes, much as I had gravitated to landscape painting back in college. I was fortunate however to get a job with the Science Museum of Virginia as a photographer.
This was more people photography – being at the various fund raising parties and getting shots of all the happy donors and potential donors – but at least I was able to earn a living doing something I really enjoyed and loved. I started as a part-time darkroom assistant, then started working on the planetarium shows using Photoshop extensively, and when digital cameras achieved a level that was sufficient for publications, we switched to digital cameras, and that brought up a whole new need for digital archiving (back to computer skills.)
Meanwhile, I kept taking landscapes when we traveled on vacations, and really found my niche when we went to the Four Corners area one year. It was a life-changing vacation – both my husband and I really loved visiting the various canyons, mountains and forest areas, and came back several more times, visiting Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and other parks in the west. We decided that when the time came for us to retire, we'd head out here. That became possible in 2005, when we moved to Clark, and we've been enjoying the western life (and landscapes) ever since.
Living near Cody has also given me access to the annual Solstice Pow Wow held at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. It has been my pleasure and privilege to watch and meet many of the dancers whoparticipate, and I have been given permission to show and sell these works, with part of the proceeds returning to the individuals photographed.
My work can be found online at www.lite-writer.com, and I have a page for Litewriter Photography on Facebook.