A liberal arts, English-lit sort of person. No degree. Too curious. Too restless.
Amazing career paths, which included Castle & Cooke when they were building the Sea Ranch on California's North Coast, Lucky Breweries (as Miss Lucky - seriously), Desmond Muirhead Architects on a sinking barge in Sausalito during the late '60s (a full-time marine architect was on staff, along with a rumored dealer or two), and my all-time favorite place to work: The San Francisco Chronicle.
I actually had an opportunity to join the team of photographers at The Chronicle, which I would have been honored to do. However . . .
Summer at Oxford University
The offer to join the team coincided with an acceptance to a summer session at Oxford University in England which was encouraged by the wonderful Bill Hogan, Book Editor and my manager at the paper.
Oxford won, and while I regret missing being on the photo team, a few of my best travel stories come from Oxford. In addition to a certificate from Oxford, I was invited to visit the quarters of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice in Wonderland”), at one time a Don at Christchurch in Oxford. During his tenure, he wrote “Alice.” Alice was his daughter and the Cheshire cat was her feline who slept atop the gate to the garden. That was amazing. Purportedly, Dodge’s cohorts were experimenting with drugs such as cocaine and opium, which enhanced the mathematical genius of his book.
Those intense weeks at Oxford included hopping trains with two schoolteachers from Southern California and drinking way too much very old Glenlevit in a biker bar near the Old Gate with Black Sabbath playing on a classic jukebox.
The weekend also included photographing a robbery-under-way in Salisbury. One has to be open to opportunity and Chronicle photogs taught me to shoot. Adjust as you go if need be, but shoot: Thinking CAN and DOES get in the way of the moment.
|Rainy Season in the Tropics,
Frederich Church, 1866
(Quality reproductions are available by clicking on the image)
Frederich Church's Rainy Season in the Tropics (above) hangs in San Francisco's DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. As children, we spent many years in the City's fine museums and galleries. Of all the images enjoyed through the years, Church's painting remains prominent.
Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude
Reading departure signs in some big airport
Reminds me of the places I've been
Visions of good times that brought so much pleasure
Makes me want to go back again