In this introduction, I start talking about my upbringing in Europe – Luxembourg and Switzerland – where I attended school and university, respectively.
My focus at school was mathematics and the sciences. I started photographing as a way to keep balanced – right brain type activity… Originally, I photographed mostly in B&W film around 1979, using an “Single Lens Reflex” (SLR) camera.
I moved to the US in 1996 with my wife (originally from S. Illinois,) and started a corporate career in information (‘computer’) security. My photography became ‘secondary,’ but I did switch to digital early on (2001/2002) using Minolta DiMAGE cameras.
Started a side business photographing pets in 2010 and earned a decent side income selling pet photographs.
I retired from my corporate job in early 2015, and focused full time on my photography business. I like the serenity that comes from hiking into the wilderness and contemplating the beauty of untouched landscapes. This led me to start creating landscape and fine art photographs.
For me, a photograph straight out of camera, technically correct (exposure, composition, light, etc.) is only a first step in creating visual art. Post processing and printing are my other two very important milestones creating a final piece of photographic art.
Read more about my artistic vision at https://alainzarinelli.com/about