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I have been making photographs since I was eight years old. My first camera was my father's Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (on loan). I now have over fifty years worth of negatives, a statistic that I find overwhelming. I almost always carry a camera of some kind and since I spend a significant portion of my day on a bicycle that camera is usually, but not always, a small one.
I started out with the intent of documenting my life in photographs but it just didn't turn out that way. I'm not a documentary photographer. I photograph what I see and never who I'm with. My photographs are rarely occupied. I have been accused of wanting the world to be uninhabited except for me. There may be some truth in that but I think that I am just too shy to photograph people.
Due to a demanding career, I did not show my photos for over forty years. I have taken drawing and painting classes at many institutions but I am largely self taught in photography. I participated in two workshops, one taught by Ansel Adams in the 60s and another taught by David Vestal in the 90s. My photographs can be viewed on the web at steffmiller.com.