interest in photography came before his teens, as he took over the
8mm home movie camera duties on family vacations and snapped
photos with an old twin-lens reflex, Polaroid, or any other camera he could get his hands on.
By high school, Fred realized his budding interest in
drawing and art. After high school, his military service
took him to Vietnam, where he created combat briefing
graphics for his Army aviation unit. While there he purchased
his first 35mm SLR, which he often used from the open
door of a Huey chopper buzzing over the jungle and along
rivers. He finished his service stateside as a photographer
and photo lab technician for an Army photography unit.
Once again a civilian, Fred developed his fascination with nature
and bird photography while completing his commercial art degree.
After graduation, he began his work career as a newspaper reporter,
feature writer and photographer while also running the newspaper's
photo lab. Following that, he spent over a decade working in conventional
commercial art and film photography.
just as computers took their first steps into the world
of digital graphics, Fred pioneered in the new digital
technology. He spent the following decade running his
own video production and computer graphics business, shooting
and editing video, and creating graphics and animations
for the video medium.
decade that followed brought another sea change, as the
World Wide Web crept into the public mainstream. Fred
migrated his computer graphics and photography skills
into web design, web graphics and 3D animation. That same
decade saw the fledgling technology of digital photography
develop into a truly practical and exciting medium that
meshed perfectly with Fred's artistic and computer graphics
skills. For Fred, it seemed a match made in heaven.
Fred's other creative endeavors is the publishing of his
first fantasy adventure novel, the first of a trilogy.
He is retired from the University of North Carolina system where photography
was a routine part of his career as a multimedia designer.