For most of my childhood I was a jokester but would invariably take it too far, earning various punishments, which became more severe as i grew older. Years later, Ellis Weiner remembered my adolescent pranks for Spy Magazine (http://tinyurl.com/nhdetqm). This addictive cycle of mischief followed by penance seems to inform my waking and working life to this day. In high school I bought an old Leica Model D w/ Summar lens for $65.
On New Year's Eve of 1969 I met poets Joshua Norton and Charles Plymell, who would both have profound and continuing influences on my life. Josh was physically handicapped and became my mentor; we lived in Haight-Ashbury, then the Banana Patch commune on Maui, Hawaii. After college I went through a series of picaresque jobs, ultimately working for seven years as a locomotive engineer on the railroad. Moved to NH as a newspaper photographer, then opened a studio. Made a pile of money shooting weddings. It got old; in 2003, bought a foreclosure for short money in the rural Mohawk Valley of NY State. These days I shoot stock and some assignment. Have published three books in three years. "Collecting Scalps with Paul Bley" will be translated into French this fall.