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…..My dear wife of 33 years, Joanne, and I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I currently split my time in either Oregon or Mexico and work in Alaska as a fisherman. Everyone in my family has worked in Alaska along side me, my wife, daughters and my son who is now a full share working fisherman in Alaska.
I began my fishing life in 1974, back then, work was needed so I could go surfing. It looked like a seasonal thing, and I could have time and money to continue surfing. The Oregon coast was my surfing and fishing ground. Soon, King Crab fever bit me and as a young man, there was nothing that fired my imagination more than going to the Bering Sea, Alaska. My break came in late 1979 where I was hired on as a half share greenhorn on a crab boat. Our original target species was Alaska's crab but over time became pollock, a mid-water trawl fish harvest caught in both winter and summer. I worked as deckhand for a few years, then as engineer for 7 years. In 1987 I was given the wheelhouse, and was the Captain until the summer of 2013.
In the winter of 2012 I bought a tiny Canon I got in an Anchorage airport vending machine. With this tough little camera, I started shooting the fishing life in the Aleutian winters. My favorite subject became Eagles and as I started to post a few of my shots on facebook. I was taken back and realized just how amazed people were at the number and nearness of the eagles. Encouragement from facebook friends had me shooting with abandon, and posting like crazy. Soon my photography career took off. I continue to look for new opportunities to bring images that are not common to my friends and family.