I am married to Kyrie Jean Hale. I believe that is my biggest and most important accomplishment to date. She is the most wonderful woman in the world - seriously! Her companionship, support, and being makes my life worth living.
My wife and I live in Copenhagen Denmark together with our fantastic dog Subi, Harry the Hamster, and a bunch of fish. I work as an IT-professional. I like having a day job that isn't centered around photography, and I have absolutely no ambition of making photography my profession. This is not to say that I don’t take photography seriously, I do, it just means that not having to make a living from my photography frees me to make exactly the kind of images I like to, at any given time, without any commercial considerations.
Although interested in anything to do with a camera, I concentrate in fine art landscape and cityscape photography. In this context, I define “fine art photography” as photos created for the sole reason of making a piece of art in of itself.
I seek to make aesthetically pleasing images, which invoke some emotional response with the viewer. This objective can be difficult to achieve for a broad audience, since aesthetics and emotional connections very much depends on personal taste and experience, but then I do not expect to be one-hundred percent successful in achieving this goal every time, with anyone but myself - although I do hope for a larger audience than one.
I do what it takes, or what I can do to reflect the visual impact of a scene as it appears in real life and try to underpin the emotional impact. I seek out the right angle and framing, wait for the right moment, re-visit the scene when possible, and choose exposure length and aperture not necessarily directly dictated by the level of the light. I don't stage my images, and I don't physically manipulate the subject - I'm not a fanatic though, I will move a branch or a leaf if it is in the way of the best angle. I use filters, and process my images via software in order to achieve the best result. In images processing there are some strict limits though: I will not place objects in an image that wasn't there at the release of the shutter and I won't remove fixed objects from a scene.
I primarily work in digital from start to finish. That said I do still enjoy using film from time to time, not so much because of the media itself, although there is a certain pleasure in the tactile experience of the physical object, but more from the experience of using different cameras. There is a vast difference in both the results, and in the process of capturing images, from a big digital SLR, a small digital point-and-shoot, a mechanical masterpiece of a 35mm SLR from the seventies, a medium format camera from the fifties, to a large 8x10 wooden view camera from the eighteen-hundreds.