peeks at the world through my lens

About me

I am a (now a) 50-something year old photography enthusiast born and raised on the east coast USA, currently living with my family in Europe. I love taking photos, talking photography, reading about photography, learning from your pages and pictures, and most of all..having fun. I consider myself a “Hobbiest” at best. I took a few photo classes in college, but that was years ago in the day of 35mm negatives and darkrooms. Everything I know now about digital imaging I have learned since buying my Nikon D90 soon after I first moved to Europe in 2008, reading the manual, pouring over the internet for help, looking at YOUR posts and blogs, and TAKING PICTURES.  This blog is my first, and I hope to use it mostly as a means to explore my hobby and learn from your pages and input.

31 responses

  1. Hope you had a Happy New Year. Looking Forward to seeing something new soon!

    January 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  2. Malou Prestado

    Great pictures! I love those pictures of Provence as having been to France and been to a few of those quaint villages with narrow cobble stone streets and alleys, I can be easily lost in daydreaming.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  3. And I’m European living in USA. At the moment. We have a big master plan to go back to Europe:-)
    Nice to meet you!

    January 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  4. Hi, I’m an American journalist living in Provence and I just happened on your site. I love your Provence images, of course! I’m thinking I might want to feature one on my site so when I have a bit of time, I’ll check back with you on that. Until then, thanks for sharing your work!

    January 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    • Hi Julie and thanks! Drop me a line anytime about featuring one of my images, I would be flattered.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  5. i love your photos of old faces and your cobble stone Provence images. so much texture in both. so, so lovely. thank you for sharing. thank you, also, for dropping by my photo/writing blog. keep up the great work, and i look forward to seeing more. cheers, y

    January 17, 2012 at 3:23 am

  6. EL

    I love all your work! And adding you to my links : )

    January 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

    • Hi El and Happy New Year from Switzerland. I am glad that you like my stuff, thanks so much for adding me to your links…very flattering.

      January 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

  7. Beautiful photos! I’m jealous. I have been telling my self for months now to get a descent camera. I just have to figure out what that would be! I love to take photos but I am just a hobbiest at it, also. The camera I have now doesn’t allow for me to do much. Hopefully, soon I can get one that will. I always marvel at the photos on other people’s blogs. So many great and magnificent shots out there. Keep up the good work. I will enjoy following your words in pictures.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ashley. Now that you live in France, you NEED a nice camera. AND if you don’t mind a little advice..The one thing that I did to really take my photography up a level was to get a good guidebook for my camera (I used David Busch’s book on my camera, HIGHLY recommended) and read it COVER TO COVER with camera in hand! This allowed me to really tap into the power and features that my camera provides. Thanks for the visit.

      February 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

  8. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I’ve nominated your for the Kreativ Award to show my support. Details here: Take care!

    February 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  9. Thanks for liking my The Brooklyn Bridge post.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  10. Love your dc photos! Thanks for stopping by my site so I could find yours!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  11. Congratulations on all your work. I’d love to see what you would do with Spain! And thanks for liking ¡Alegria! The Joy of Spanish Living.

    October 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • I have some Spain for you! Will post one soon, currently on holiday in Berlin.

      October 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  12. thanks for stopping by my blog page!
    your work is lovely
    wishing you all good things

    November 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  13. Just asked my reader to remain updated on your shots! Loved the shot of the Brunelleschi’s Duomo…you photograph like a pro! Looking fwd to more…

    February 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  14. Fabulous blog, you have a real gift and a great “eye”. Looking forward to seeing more work from you.

    February 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  15. Anonymous

    I love all the photos you take and most of all the memories you have of so many places. Great job and thanks for sharing. Love M

    May 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  16. Lea

    Beautiful photos! We are looking forward to visiting Sicily from Fairfax, VA this summer. Thank you for sharing these!!!

    May 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

  17. hi, great work. your photos just make me want to look and then look some more. will be back!

    August 31, 2014 at 7:20 am

  18. Beautiful photos!

    November 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    • Thank you! I really appreciate it!

      November 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  19. Love your imagery – thought provoking and inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

    February 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm

  20. Thanks. You’ve certainly captured my attention with your work here! More exploration required! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in and ready to play).

    April 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  21. WOW! Great photos you have done! Beautiful blog and photos! A pleasure to follow your blog. Best regards from Austria!

    P.S. I’m also American… South-American! Born in Brazil, but world citizen! 😀

    May 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  22. Amy

    Thanks for following my blog, and I love your photos of Prague. Do you now live near there? I’ve not yet had a chance to look through the rest of your blog, but plan to do so once I get a chance.

    June 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    • Hi Amy! Thanks for visiting. Here is a copy of the text from a blog post go mine in January:

      As mentioned in my prior Motherland Tour Sicily series, I am an American expat currently living with my family in Switzerland. One of my goals while we are living in Europe is to bring my children to visit the places where their ancestors were born. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic with my family to visit the homelands of my children’s Great-Great Grandparents. The trip was especially exceptional because my father was able to join us from the United States on our journey, a journey that he and my mother had taken ME and MY siblings on in the mid 1970’s (then known as Czechoslovakia, behind the “Iron Curtain”) when I was a boy.

      June 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

      • Amy

        Your children are so fortunate to have this experience. I wish I had gone earlier—-and taken my children.

        June 3, 2015 at 12:07 am

  23. urbanshutterbuguk

    Hi, just wanted to say thanks for dropping by & liking my blog post ‘Evolve’, it’s greatly appreciated. You have a great site here & I love your photography, you create a wonderful mood.

    I look forward to following with interest.

    Thanks again, Urban Shutterbug!

    September 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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