I was first exposed to the American southwest in the summer of 1971. I'd spent a good deal of my life overseas due to my father's professional commitments. The opportunity to travel throughout the United States that summer followed completion of a graduate degree and a desire to see a country that I was shortly to professionally represent abroad as a foreign service (diplomatic) officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I was struck that summer by the immensity of the regions through which I traveled and the country as a whole. But a December 2010 trip back to the region followed a retirement some years earlier and a much more focused concentration on a life-long photography hobby. It was this photographic focus and interest that left me much more affected by the "cathedral-like" quality to much of what I saw and photographed. It is in that spirit that it occurred to me to share here a small collection of images that most evoked this "cathedral quality."
I was born in Washington, DC., but spent a good portion of my childhood in Italy and Argentina. Bachelor’s degree university work was pursued at the University of Maryland. U.S. Army service with the 7th Infantry Division took me to South Korea in the late 1960's following which a master’s degree was pursued at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. A subsequent career in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service included assignments in Washington DC., India, Thailand, Denmark and Sweden. The regional nature of the latter two also included responsibility for Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. I retired from the USDA in August 2002 and have focused on photography since. I currently shoot with a Nikon D700 and D2X SLR 12.1 megapixel cameras with Nikkor 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. I also decided in 2006 to convert a Nikon D-70 SLR camera to exclusively infrared shooting.