My wife Marcea is the best influence in my photography career.
Years ago, when I retired, I decided to refresh my photography that I had been doing since my teens.
It was always my "zen" something I loved that brought me joy and peace and a sense of purpose, sharing my love of all things beautiful through photography.
I bought new equipment, updating from my film gear, cameras, computers and software.
Marcea supported me with my landscape and fine art photography, going with me, helping me transport and set up to sell at festivals and also convinced me that my work was good enough to venture into genres like portrait, family, even wedding photography.
One day while sitting reading the newspaper she said, "hey, you should send some of your stuff in for the panoramas that they put in here". I said "yeah, sure, they won't use my stuff" (a common response from an artist), but I did anyway, because she's a smart woman.
That was in 2012.
This is this morning's panorama in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, it's number 110 that has been published in the paper.
And, my "retirement hobby" has turned into a rather successful full time second career, ironically what I originally wanted to do in the first place years ago as an art major in school.
Thanks babe for always supporting me, helping me see my vision and giving me the occasional nudge in the right direction.
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