The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”—Omar Khayyám
The November 1981 Audio-Visual Communications magazine contained my second ever published article; it was called “3-D Photography: Coming At You, Again,” and if you check my Bio you’ll see that 35 years later, some things never change—I’m still interested in 3D imagery and movies.
That wasn’t my first magazine article; that was published in the September 1981 issue of Telephony, when I was still working for the Great American Telephone company in Maryland. Later, another article about 3D appeared in Audio-Visual Directions, magazine along with a pre-Photoshop heavily enhanced—80’s style—cover photograph accompanied my cover story on “The Resurgence of 3D.”
My writing career what there is of it, started before that with a presentation that I made at the annual NAVA convention called “Photography for Multi-Projector Slide Shows.” After the presentation, a gentleman (and he was really an old school gentleman) named Fred Schmidt asked me to write an article based for my talk for Photomethods, a magazine where he was editor. Fred passed on many years later but I have fond memories of him as a friend, editor and great influence on my life.
Writing about the art, craft and business of photography ended up becoming the focus of my life and with 2200+ published magazine articles and (I can count how many) blog posts and 34 books later, I’m still at it. While Thanksgiving Day is still a few weeks away, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you—readers of this blog, my articles in Shutterbug magazine and my books for accompanying me on this journey.
My 35th book, A Life In Photography is a combination of self-published autobiography and guide to the business of photography—learning by avoiding my mistakes— and will be published next year—I promise.