Although I have been making photographs for most of my life my approach to the media became much more serious in the late 1970s for a variety of personal and professional reasons. I became very interested in sensitometry and perfected my exposure and development techniques to produce better negatives.  I also took up the use of a large sheet film camera that made 5X7” negatives.  Much of my work between about 1978-93 was made with a 5X7 camera, and my preferred subject was the landscape of the mountains of western North and South Carolina.  Most of this work was originally printer with silver gelatin, but in the past decade I have scanned many of the negatives and printed them digitally with archival pigment processes, including Piezography.