I always created images, but I was never “a photographer.” I told myself I wasn’t creative. I wasn’t artistic. My stick figures were failures. But I had this new camera and I wanted to learn how to use it. On the first night of my first photo workshop, I stared in awe at the images shared by the group. The dream of being a “good” photographer was born. I sought out great photographers like Dan Sniffin, Tony Sweet and Nancy Rotenberg and I emulated them, listened to them, and learned from them. But I became a photographer in my own right when Nancy forbade me to look through anyone else’s viewfinder for the entire duration of an epic trip to Africa. “Follow YOUR vision,” she said, “and make the pictures that only you can see.” Doubtful, but willing, I began looking for the images that spoke directly to me, that pulled my eye or aroused my imagination. I looked for connection, and found my photographer self.
I created my program “Dream • Believe • Create” to reflect my artistic journey. I began my journey with few skills, but aspired to be better. I watched and learned, gained a bit of confidence, and then began to see photography not only as a reflection of the world around me, but also as the representation of the reality inside me. My photographic journey freed me to create what was uniquely mine. Being genuinely aware of the beauty around me as I look through my lens feeds my soul and brings me great joy. I encourage the participants in my workshops to share that journey and discover the artist residing inside each of them.
Following that inner eye, I photograph whatever makes my heart sing. I have explored diverse subjects and continue to learn processing techniques that bring my vision to life. I am eager to share my journey with my tour members, to help them pay attention to what turns their heads, to help them feel more connected to the experience of making unique images that make their hearts, too, sing.
Like many photographers of my generation, my first photographic experiences involve cherished time spent in a home darkroom. My Nagypapa, (Hungarian for grandfather), was a gifted photographer who shared his love of the art with me. He always carried a camera and encouraged me to look through the viewfinder to see what he was seeing. The magic of watching an image emerge in the developing tray is unforgettable, even now. I look at his album filled with notes on location and f-stops and I’m reminded of the artistry and dedication of Ansel Adams. My grandfather’s influence has never faded, and I sometimes feel him with me as I am out with my camera.
As I grew up other arts captured my imagination. I learned to paint, and spent hours sketching animals and cartoon characters. I loved experimenting with the textures of clay, and then found another passion when I learned to sew. My greatest delight was to design and create wedding and prom dresses for my daughters. Music and the creative arts have fed my soul throughout my life.
Now I share my passion for photography with John. We are fortunate to travel together, and we work to develop our talents and help our workshop participants to do the same. We bring a love of photography and have boundless enthusiasm for making great images and sharing wonderful experiences. The journey toward self-expression and individuality in photography is our focus, and, like all evolving artists, we search for connection, emotional involvement, and honesty in our photographic storytelling. We invite you to join us for the journey.