Photography has always had a place in my life. I had Kodak Brownies as a child, but mostly treated them as toys. I never thought of photography as art or a career.
At Dickinson College that changed. Introductory art history classes taught me that photography was an art. Some of my classmates carried cameras everywhere and became famous for their work. I admired them and followed their careers.
Thirty years as a museum educator at the National Gallery of Art kept me in constant contact with the work of great photographers. One of the first exhibitions after I joined the Gallery staff was devoted to the large-scale landscape prints of Ansel Adams. Leading groups of more than one hundred visitors through the exhibition made the impact photography had obvious to me.
The digital age changed everything in 2007 on a trip to Prague. Almost instant gratification. Perfect for my hyperactive travel style. I sold a photo taken on that trip. Most importantly, colleagues at the Gallery enco