Even though I was born and raised in
New Jersey, from the time I was in early high school the mountains of the American West
were calling my name. While it was
within these mountains that my love of landscape photography was
born, the story does not start there.
The Passion... Skiing
To this day (October 2013 currently),
my intense love for skiing and everything that
revolves around it and touches it in
any way tends to drive my decisisons. In the early 80's at age 11, my dad started me skiing
at a tiny upside-down
hill in northern New Jersey. It had one of everything - one
double-chairlift, one t-bar, and one rope-tow (no tram though!).
After a trip to Killington, Vermont in the ninth grade, I got the chance to
travel to Utah with my dad for the first time. In short... nothing was the same after
The Event... Moving out West
To be fair... to me... my wife Kim was
warned long before our engagement that a move out west was inevitable.
After graduating from Rutgers College and spending three years in the
"gainfully employed" New Jersey workforce, we moved to Salt Lake City, Utah,
leaving behind a good job and family and friends in search
of the never-ending powder day. I worked part time in the rental
shop at Brighton Ski Area and Kim got a real job. Lucky
me, really! The Brighton gig was a great conduit to meet people, get a
free season pass and make at least a little cash. What it really
allowed me to do though is to ski 110 days that first season. At this
point I still had not picked up a camera yet. It was early 1996.
The Influence... Meeting Howie
Picking up hitchhikers is normally not
something I'd recommend but in the Utah ski world it is a
customary act of kindness. On my way home from work late season
in 1996 I
up two skiers at Jordan Pines midway down Big Cottonwood Canyon - they
had just skied from Alta and needed a ride down to the valley to their
car. One of the guys was
an ER doctor, backcountry skier and a then pro-amateur photographer.
He needed some help managing his
burgeoning photography business and I needed a job; with our similar
interests, it seemed a natural fit so we teamed up... briefly. No sooner than a month or so into this part-time job I found myself at a crossroads,
having to make a very difficult decision - do I work for Howie or join the "real
world" as a SAS programmer at a large financial firm? While
I loved the idea of working for him, my desire to provide for my
family with a "steady" job won out. My mindset was not in sync with
photography so it passed me
by at that time. As fate would have it, that short relationship sparked my previously inert photographic desire. It took a year
but in the summer of 1997 I bought my first Pentax SLR and use Pentax
to this day.
So... since that summer, I have taken
many thousands of images, many
in the Wasatch Range surrounding the
Salt Lake Valley and
the mostly unknown Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah. Having
moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota in 1999, I obviously shoot
considerably in the Upper Midwest but always
find time to travel west. My travels have led me to
Alaska, California, Wyoming, Montana, Canada, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Utah,
remains my passion.
Enjoy what you find contained within
if you'd like.
Skiing Photo Credits:
Upper left, (cliff jumping near the
parking lot at Brighton, Utah) - Scott Jones
Lower left (skiing down the Bald/Reids Saddle
in the Uintas) - Miro
Lower right (deep powder skiing in Wolverine
Cirque) - Miro Micovsky