I started taking pictures at age six. My Dad liked to do it, and I loved my Dad, so I borrowed his camera to be like him. After taking pictures for the high school yearbook, I studied physics at MIT, and narrowly escaped a career as a nuclear physicist. Traveling the world as a photographer appealed far more than spending my life measuring things, even if it meant giving up the quest for the Nobel prize, much to the dismay of my parents. Rather than quantum physics radio astronomy, I preferred to work with wavelengths I could see.
I worked often as a photojournalist, wars and natural disasters and politics (My first day in the White House was Nixon's last.) I became friends with Bush I and also Jimmy Carter. Traveling around made me interested in food and local cultures so a lot of my work is in travel and culinary subjects, including chefs and producers. Now no bullets in the head, but I could get salmonella.
My daughter is going to be a student of photography and video, so we will see if my paternal genes work.