Barely 10 years old I became interested in photography. I developed my first film in my mother's closet. For my 13th birthday my father gave me an East German SLR camera and this was the start to a lifelong love affair. Soon after I started photographing for the local newspaper on weekends. After graduation from High School I took a position at an advertising agency all the while continuing to photograph for various newspapers. In 1980 I opened my own studio specializing in advertising and fashion. Several years ago I quit doing commercial photography. How liberating!