I first learned photography when I was 9. My brother taught me how to use a medium-format film camera (all manual), develop black-and-white film, and print photos in our home darkroom. It took me many years to realize that portraiture is what I'm most passionate about in photography. Before I arrived at this realization, I tried various types of photography, including abstract. I'd create "fleeting paintings" by playing with various objects and materials such as fabric, paint, flame, light sources, glass, etc. and then capture this artwork with my camera. What you see here are not digital manipulations; these are all in-camera "paintings". Some of them decorate my clients' homes.