Photo Gallery

Over the span of time, photography of motorsports events and of products has become a supporting tool of copy writing.

Starting, like many with the old Kodak Brownie viewfinder camera, then the popular Instamatic and a Polaroid Land Camera, I was pretty much in the rut of most amateurs, destined to produce unmemorable snapshots.

When I was befriended by a terrific shooter named Adrian Ketchum while covering road racing at Watkins Glen, I was introduced to the art of photography. Ade counseled and critiqued my work, and advised me on my first SLR camera, a Canon FT-b. That camera got me started taking my own photos of tractor pulling and the road racing at the “The Glen.”

When I went to work for National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA), Ade advised my purchase of a pair of Canon AT-1s with the range of lenses I’d need as editor of The Puller magazine. As my travels and career went forward, Ade and I lost touch, but I was befriended by another solid motorsports shooter, Richard Brady.

Between Ade and Richard, they honed my skills, but I never got to their level of competency.

But over those years, I took their advice and waited for the shot to come to me, and that light is your best friend. Another friend, Dave Grimm, my boss at NTPA, was another great shooter, and he taught me the art of the medium format camera – the Pentax 6x7. He also patiently taught me how to develop and print my own images, which in turn gave me a better appreciation of using light and angles.

I taught myself studio product photography, which required shooting lots of frames (and keeping notes about each), which gave me further appreciation for the use of light and angles, plus many other little self-taught tricks.

Unfortunately, much of what I shot over the years was for other folks, and I have only a very few images of the thousands of frames I have shot.