Bio

I was a Business Analyst at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, but retired in 2012. I’ve been working in the Information Technology field for over 40 years. I have been employed in IT Management and Technical positions with companies such as IBM and Univac, BHP, Alcoa, Westpac, and the National Australia Bank.

My interest in photography began in High School in 1957, and continued as a Photographer in the US Air Force. But upon leaving the USAF in 1962 I pursued my original career goal to work in the Electronics/Computer industry with photography then becoming a hobby rather than a profession.

In 2002 I enrolled in the Australian National University Visual Arts Access program. My photographic interests during that period extended to alternative photographic processes, such as Cyanotype, Vandyke, Salt Print, Photogravure and Ziatype.

In 2007 I was accepted into the RMIT Applied Science Honours program concentrating on Alternative Photographic processes, and in 2008 was awarded Honours First Class for my project, “A Comparison of Film and Digital Workflows for the Ziatype Photographic Process”. I was also noted on the Vice‑Chancellor’s List of Academic Excellence for 2008.

I have exhibited my Ziatype work at a group show in the Alpha Gallery in Melbourne in 2008, at the Trentham Fringe Exhibition of the Ballarat International Foto Biennial in September 2009, and at PhotoAccess in Canberra in November 2009.

Since then my concentration has been in the history and technology of photography. I have been a speaker at PIEA conferences at PMA in Melbourne and Sydney 2009‑2012 lecturing on:

  • A New Look at Ziatype
  • Stereo Imaging; 19th Century to Today
  • Alternative Photographic Processes
  • Maxwell to Kodachrome
  • Who Invented Photography?

PMA Australia rolled up their tent after the 2012 conference, replaced by the The Digital Show.