In the Beginning.
Cindy and I have been photographing together since 1997 when we took a month long vacation trip by boat to ‘The lost islands of the South Atlantic’.
I have had a deep interest in photography since my first camera at age 12. I was fortunate to have a high school with a darkroom where I learned how chemistry could be used to produce wonderful images. It seemed like magic to me. Photography remained a hobby as I pursued a career in the computer world. I left chemistry behind and took up mathematics and electrical engineering but always kept upgrading my camera equipment and taking photos just for the fun of it.
Cindy grew up in Costa Rica where she developed a love of nature and its beauty. She spent the next part of her life running a bond trading room on Wall Street. The 24 hour, 7 days per week rigors of WallS life were accentuated by being one of the first women on The Street. It left her time for point and shoot with a baby camera during the few occasions that she could get away from office related work.
The ‘Lost Islands’ trip went to a number of places that we thought we would never get back to. Fernando de Naronha, Ascension, St Helena, Tristan de Cuña, Nightingale, Gough, Inaccessible, and the Falklands were all on the itinerary. I took a couple of cameras, and a bag full of film hoping to be able to grab some good shots. When we got there, Cindy took over as the Art Director. She decided where I should stand, when and what should I shoot. On the next and all following trips she had her own cameras.
The image shows the settlement at Tristan de Cuña. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, and 1,500 miles from the nearest continental land, South Africa.