I've been coming to Cape Cod for, well, decades. During that time, we would frequently drive past a simple white house with black shutters. Outside was a plain white wooden sign that said “Richard Walker. Lawyer”. A few years ago we noticed that the sign now reads: “Richard Walker. Artist”. It blew my mind. Wow, people can redefine themselves. Who knew? I’ve practiced law and run a small legal technology business for many years. And while I’m a far, far cry from calling myself an “artist”, I 'm grateful to Richard for giving me the push I needed to finally pick up my camera, go outside, and risk trying something that I’d been “meaning to do" for years.
So... after years of waffling, equivocating and generally avoiding it, I finally "got into" photography in late 2017. Yeah, I had a bathroom darkroom in high school and all that. But the bar to being a teenage "photo guy" was pretty low and I got by with a few Ansel wannabe shots and a decent grasp of jargon. As an adult I remained interested, but there was the matter of kids, a career and a general unwillingness to take more risks. So it was vacation snaps, and lots of 'em. Once the kids left home and work slowed down I had more time. I was going to spend more time on photography "one of these days". It just wasn't clear in what century those days would be.
Finally, in late 2017, right around a round number birthday, I just decided "what the Hell", it's time to play. Landscapes! What could be better? So I decided to take the chance of falling down and committed to trying.
But before I could play, it turned out I had a lot of learning to do. My tricks and jargon from high school were totally obsolete, so it was on to endless hours of photography and Photoshop articles, tutorials and - Amen! - YouTube videos. Hundreds of YouTube videos... And then hours of trying thing on images, just trying to learn some of the moves.
Cape Cod seemed like the perfect subject.This site is what I've come up with so far (well, what I'm willing to show publicly anyway). And, OK, Ansel has nothing to fear. But I'm having fun. It's great to get out into nature. And I can lose myself for hours and hours in Lightroom and Photoshop imagining stuff and trying to bring what I imagine to life.
Enough yapping - take a look, I hope you enjoy some of them.