My adventure with photography began in the fourth grade when I bought my first camera. Through the years, my hobby has allowed me to photograph presidents campaigning, volcanoes erupting and children being born.

Later, I took photography classes but became bored when we spent too much time talking about f-stops, film speeds, and apertures. Important as those are, the mechanics of a camera will always be a means to an end. I wanted to learn more. I wanted to understand photography as a form of artistic expression.

Somewhere along the way, I lost my focus. Over the years my interest in photography waned, and I only shot the obligatory events like birthdays, graduations and family reunions.

Then, a life-changing event transformed my relationship with photography. Several years ago, melanoma claimed the sight in my left eye. After undergoing very specialized treatments, I am now cancer-free. Yet the disease took its toll.

I hated being half-blind and it took time to adjust to my new reality. Slowly, however, something magical happened.

As my eyesight declined, my vision increased.

With the vision remaining in my one eye, I gradually began seeing things I’d never noticed before. I became more aware of the beautiful world around me. I began to realize that within the ordinary I could always find something extraordinary. Photography became a way for me to increase my awareness of the abundant beauty that had always surrounded me.

Now, as I share my pictures here online, my hope is that together we will see old things in new ways, that we will become more aware of the incredible beauty that is often hidden in plain sight, and that we will see the extraordinary embedded within the ordinary circumstances of everyday life.