I'm a community college counselor and I love it.  I'm also a compulsive photographer.  I spend my weekends photographing life on the streets of San Francisco and I spend my breaks exploring the coast and chasing that elusive light that gives things that other-worldly feel.  

I've been dedicated to photography since 2011, but in hindsight, there are some dots that can be connected dating back to when I was a kid.  

One of my earliest memories is of the massive National Geographic collection that my father had.  He had bought hundreds of issues at a garage sale, and we had shelves upon shelves of them in our family room.  I spent countless hours poring over them.

I also remember rummaging through my dad's camera bag while he as work (I would so hate me if I were my kid).  He had a really nice medium format camera, but never used it.  He was more into gardening and playing his various musical instruments.

In junior high and high school, I learned black and white photography in a traditional dark room.  It was fun, but I didn't get along with my teacher.  I used to torture that guy.  Part of me really wants to find him so that I can apologize, but I'm probably the last person he'd want to hear from!

After I graduated from college, oddly, I landed a job as a camera buyer for a large electronics retail chain.  I quit after a year so that I could concentrate on my DJ career; eventually teaching myself how to produce electronic dance music.  That was a whole lot of fun.  I had to retire from music in 2007 due to hearing damage.  Maybe it was too much fun!  

A couple of years later, I took a trip to Oahu and was absolutely stunned by the beauty. It really gave me a glimpse of the mind-bending world I was missing out on by not actively exploring it.  

I came home, bought a camera, and I haven’t stopped taking pictures since.  

Photography has really filled the creative void that was left after I had to stop doing music.  There's a similar thrill in capturing that perfect moment as there is in finding that magical record in the back of a dusty bin and being able to re-contextualize it and blend it into a tapestry of other songs.

It's kinda fun.