My interest in the photographic arts started with a Kodak Brownie Starlite and 127 black and white roll film at the age of five (a gift from my dad). He encouraged photography, teaching me to use his Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex, Argus, and various other roll film cameras of the 50's. . Later as a an young adult, I started out with the ubiquitous 35mm camera, using a variety of Nikons. Desiring sharper negatives, I eventually graduated to medium format photography, using Hasselblad cameras with the highly regarded Carl Zeiss lenses, in addition to the Mamiya 7II system. Evolving further with my art, I moved up to large format photography, utilizing both 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras with sheet film. This gradual transformation continued with the introduction of high end Epson photo printers and the Nikon Coolscan 9000 film scanner, which allowed me to scan and produce digital prints from medium and large format film negatives. At this point, after trying and returning a host of professional digital cameras, I had come to the conclusion that I could never match the sharpness and resolution offered by film. In late 2011 that assumption changed with the purchase of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera body and a selection of Canon’s professional grade “L” series lenses (35,100 macro, 135). Progress is not without some sadness, as Polaroid is well gone, Kodak has been in bankruptcy, and the many wonderful films of past decades (Kodachrome, Panatomic X, Polaroid Type 59, SX70, etc.) are now only history.
I worked almost exclusively with the Canon 5D Mark II for nearly five years, but yearned for the type of images that only film can produce. This longing led to a gradual return to medium and large format, both with classic analogue cameras (1953 Agfa Isolette), Toy cameras (Holga 120 and Holga 120 Panoramic), Chamonix 5x7 View Camera, and most recently a Svedosky 8x10 view Camera.
My residence and studio is located in a historic 95 year old Finnish stone farmhouse named Rauhallinen Farm (translates as peaceful from Finnish), between Ironwood and Lake Superior.
I have put a small sample of my work on this site, and as time permits, try to rotate images and keep things updated. Enjoy your visit, and more importantly, get out and enjoy the places that bring you beauty, mindfulness, and peace.