Welcome to Timeline Photos. A few years back I started peeking around my archives in search of some of the first photographs I had taken. Here records my quest into better understanding my long term love of camera and experiencing the world with it in hand. All photos appear in chronological order hopefully revealing an evolution of how I see and what moves me to speak with light.

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(Photo credit Phil Monahan of Orvis)

Sunday, June 26, 2011


This picture was taken 43 years ago when I was around 2 years old.  I was the prototype "Daddy's girl" always wanting to be with him wherever he went.  On that given trek he jumped into a photo booth with me, and the image became quite a treasure over the years.  I found it unexpectedly this past week safely tucked away in a drawer of candles.  I took some pictures of it to send him, then set it on a window pane which holds other special things.  It was such a sweet surprise, and the timing of finding it is beyond coincidental.  Little did I know that I'd be on a plane a couple days later traveling home to be with him and my mom.

I don't think I've shared the story yet, but he's the one who gave me my first 'real' camera when I was in the 7th grade.  It was a Fujica SLR, and it set me on my way photographing life.  Years later he upgraded it to a Minolta, which was stolen, unfortunately.  And somewhere during that stretch of time my parents surprised me with an enlarger.  I still remember climbing up the attic ladder to find it.  Needless to say, my parents have encouraged my love of photography for many years, and I'm forever grateful.

I love you, Daddy.