About Me - travelwitheric

Do people actually read these self-aggrandizing biographies that people post about themselves? Do you really care about the person behind the camera and what his/her background has been? Let's be honest, the last page I usually read is the About Me page and that's only after I've perused all the other pages on someone's site. But like every good photo has a story behind it, every photographer has a story too. This is mine.

I started taking photos in the 10th grade.My first camera was a Kodak Retina IIIc. It was a 35mm film rangefinder camera with a folding 50mm lens. I still have that camera, but it barely works now. My first professional quality camera was a Nikon FTN with a 55mm macro lens. That camera is long gone, but I still have and use that lens. My film cameras have included a Toyo 4x5 view camera, two Hasselblads, a Bronica SQ, a Fuji 6x9 Superwide, three Nikons, and a Linholf 617 panoramic. Since I was invested in quite a few Nikkor lenses, I continued down the digital path with Nikon as well, having owned three Nikon digital cameras.

I'm mostly self-taught, but I did take quite a few college classes on color theory, processing, and design. I had a studio for several years shooting mostly for advertising and catalogues. I became quite adept at studio lighting and creating images that showed products in the best possible way.

Over the years, however, I found myself taking more photos without people or products and concentrating more on landscapes and travel photos. I didn't do much traveling in my younger days and many of those trips were limited to North America. In 1996, I finally went overseas to Hong Kong. In 2010, I finally traveled to Europe with my wife and my love of travel began. The years in between offered opportunities to photograph for marketing and advertising in various industries, but most notably in the wine industry. You'll find an extensive collection of wine-related photos throughout this site.

In 2016, after seven years of planning and saving, my wife, Sheri, and I departed on a 15-month around-the-world journey to 60 countries and 6 continents. We saw many iconic sites and traveled to some off-the-beaten-path locations. Many of the 50,000+ photos taken on that trip can be found on this site, organized by continent, country and cities. Recently, I traveled to New York City for the first time and took quite a few photos in short amount of time. 

My wife and I live in Edmonds, Washington about 20 minutes north of Seattle. When I'm not taking photos, I do web design, build furniture, remodel homes, ride our tandem and enjoy food and wine.


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