Well if that first picture didn't scare you off than this one shouldn't. Hard to believe that this image was taken 34 years ago. I'm the cool looking dude in the middle with my first camera, a Kodak twin lens, strapped around my neck. (It's hard to believe those glasses are back in style again.) I've always enjoyed taking photos and I have set up this site to share some of my work.
I've shot with a variety of cameras over the years and much to the chagrin of my wife, I've never really gotten rid of any of them. First was the Kodak above. I then graduated to a really cool all black Kodak 126 cartridge camera. In high school, I had my first "exposure" to darkroom work and used a school Nikormat 35mm SLR.
Before my freshman year of college at Bloomsburg State College, I had a Konica AutoReflex T SLR. And my collection really got started. Even though, I had access to the school's Nikon F and F2s it just wasn't the same as using your own camera. I had my second SLR, a Konica AutoReflex T3 before long. You needed a separate camera for color and black & white... right? I was the school's photo editor for both newspaper and yearbook as well as doing work for the publicity department of the alumni association. During those years I really cut my teeth on doing my own darkroom work as well as getting to meet and shoot famous bands and dignitaries who visited the college. Some of the those names included: Billy Joel, Peter Frampton, Hall & Oates, Kansas, Dave Loggins, Poco, Earl Scruggs, Alex Haley, George McGovern, & Sam Ervin, I frequently joke about spending more time in the darkroom than the classroom.
Upon graduation, I worked for Guardian Photo for 13 years in the marketing of photofinishing on a national basis. Remember when K-mart was the big name in film processing? During that time, I acquired a few more Konicas. And as they stepped out of the SLR business when autofocus came along, I switched to Canon. Oh and a Pentax K-1000 joined the ranks somewhere in there.
Guardian Photo ceased to exist in in 1992 when they were bought out by Kodak/Qualex. I started on another adventure of running my own business. Armed with my marketing background and my interest in photography I started Palmer Multimedia Imaging. Then, my interests in cameras became tax deductions ...;).
After 10 years, PMI is still standing and still growing. And so has the camera collection. Several more Canon SLRs, Mamiyas: C-330 and RB-67, a Noblex Panoramic. My business is also involved with video production work, so a number of video cameras have joined the collection.
Digital photography become a new avenue in 1998 with the purchase of a Kodak DC-260. Funny how life can be cyclical. My first film camera was a Kodak and my first digital camera was a Kodak. $1000 bought you a whopping 1.6 megapixel camera. As technology advanced, I quickly outgrew this camera and got a Nikon 990. With Canon's arrival of the 10D, I was able to use all that Canon gear again on a DSLR. And now a Rebel has joined the stable.
Through all of this I have always had the desire to print and create my own images. In college, I would process many rolls of film a week for use in the college newspaper. I greatly missed the darkroom after college but never had the means or room to set one up.
One incident made me vow that I would get back to the darkroom. A lab had done damage to one of my favorite shots. I had won several awards with it and had sold it many times. When the negative returned scratched, I knew I had to take control again of my printing.
Well life is full of irony. As I started my business, I picked up some bargain deals on darkroom equipment. The basement of my business has the layout for a working darkroom. It sits unfinished and unused as the same year I started my business I also discovered Photoshop. Fixing that scratch, is now a very minor matter.