I did not go to art school and I did not take even one photography course in college. My knowledge of photography is completely from observation - I had a friend when I was in my late teens who took excellent photography on a family visit to Auschwitz (her family was Jewish), which I profiled on my website at the time. That gave me some idea of what a good photo looks like.
My roommate of this past year helped me to purchase a proper camera and also told me of the skills he acquired from photography courses, primarily the "rule of thirds." I have been very fortunate to practice my profession of photography in a city like Berkeley. The university campus itself seems as if it was designed for the sake of photography. I was able to get beautiful shots of the spectacular campus. I did succeed in getting paid for this twice this year and hope to do so again.
I am a big fan of the neo-traditionalist wave of art that seems to be picking up steam in many circles. I am not yet good enough at art to take part but I have dedicated a good amount of my photography to getting shots of sculpture and iconography that most people probably do not even notice in urban areas and that were produced before the postmodern wave.
Please take a look at my photos of the Bay Area and let me know what you think. I am open to constructive criticism as well. Unlike the previous photos I posted, these are not with the intent to amuse or show how nutty the Bay Area is. The intent here is to show its beauty.