I’ve been in love with aviation for as long as I can remember. I grew up as an Air Force brat and after a successful 22 year career in the US Navy as a mechanic and Flight Engineer, managed to land a position as a test engineer at Pratt & Whitney, where I’ve been gratefully employed for the past 14 years. I am a certificated Private Pilot and A&P mechanic and hold a BS Degree in Professional Aeronautics and an MFA in Photography.
I’m one of those guys who always looks up at passing aircraft, thinks the P-51 is the most awesome sounding airplane on the planet, and likes the smell of jet fuel. Spending an entire day standing up at an air show holding 6 pounds of camera gear to my eye is a breeze, but 10 minutes of walking at the mall leaves me in tears.
My photographic interests have been diverse over the years, but until recently, fine art abstracts and landscapes have occupied much of my photographic endeavors. The past year and a half however, has brought about a renewed enthusiasm for aviation photography, which I’m very excited about. Particularly inspiring was my first real air-to-air shoot this past year with the fantastic folks at Air Group One of the Commemorative Air Force in San Diego.
I’m looking forward to many more opportunities to combine my love for both aviation and photography.
My work has been published in Wings of Gold Magazine and exhibited at the Light, Space, and Time and 1650 Galleries.
Air Group One congratulates James on winning Second Place in the AirShow San Diego 2014 Photo Contest