You want a nice painting, call my sister.
You want amazing photographs? I’m your guy.
As a kid I took art classes with my sister. That’s where she discovered she was a gifted drawer/painter. And I discovered I was not. But it was the not-being-able-to-draw-or-paint discovery that led me to search for something else. And that something-else search led me to photography.
I worked at an amusement park the summer after my first year at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and saved up for an SLR (single lens reflex) camera—the first of, well, let’s just say many, many SLR cameras. In my days as a “Cobber,” as Concordia students are called, I studied photography with a fabulously talented commercial photographer who happened to be on staff at the time.