I got my start in photojournalism as a freelancer for a hometown weekly newspaper. The editor liked the way I handled my Kodak Instamatic and decided she could trust me with their 35mm Kowa.
At the time, I mostly shot high school sports, but the editor hoped to give me more assignments when I became old enough to drive. She never got the chance, however, because a start-up newspaper offered me the position of Chief Photographer - an irresistible title for a 16-year-old. The editor was angry with me for jumping ship and told me that the new title and 50 cents would buy me a cup of coffee.
She was wrong of course because the experience helped me get into the photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation in 1976, I eventually went to work for Orange and Rockland Utilities to replace the retiring Nat Fein, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who took the famous shot of Babe Ruth’s farewell.
Working at a gas and electric utility as a company photographer was a dream job because it offered so many interesting people and situations to photograph. But I soon moved up the ranks and ended up hiring others to do the shooting.
Now, after a 30-year career in corporate communications, I’m retired and once again behind the camera pursuing my youthful passion.