How did you get interested in architectural photography?
I grew up in Nebraska, and I am more or less self-taught. I ended up learning by shooting the targets that I had, which were industrial sites, rural architecture like grain elevators, bridges—things that didn’t move and that were suitable to the long exposures and the methodical working style dictated by a 4x5 view camera.
In the late ‘70s, I moved to Maine and wanted to earn my living in photography. My portfolio was mostly of rural farm buildings, but I decided to call on architects to shoot their work. I had no idea that there was such a thing as an architectural photographer. I started getting work immediately. It ended up being a mutually beneficial relationship. I was learning what they needed and learning how to shoot architecture professionally, and they were getting better and better photographs of their work.