I got a late start in photography, waiting until my early forties before getting started. I always enjoyed photography but didn't have the patience to wait for the film to be developed and disliked the lack of control over the printing process. Once digital cameras matured somewhat, I latched onto photography as an artistic outlet.

Photography was a natural extension of my love of being outdoors and hiking. Photography gave me the opportunity to record places I visited and hiking gave me the opportunity to get to the places I wanted to photograph. Photography provides me with both an artistic outlet and an excuse to get outside.

My favorite places to visit are in the desert Southwest. The first time I visited southern Utah, I was struck by its beauty and solitude. I'm much more comfortable alone in the wilderness than with a large group of people and I believe that is why these places appeal to me so much.

In case you're interested, my camera gear includes a Canon 5D digital SLR and an assortment of Canon professional lenses ranging from 17mm to 400mm.

My full-time job is executive director of an organization that represents over 200 medical oncologists and hematologists (physicians that utilize chemotherapy to treat cancer patients). I am also the hike leader for the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its new Hike for Discovery program ( www.hikefordiscovery.com) and have led hikes in the Grand Canyon and Haleakela. I live in Ohio and enjoy traveling with my wife and teenage son (although getting up well before dawn is not on their favorites list).

I hope you enjoy looking at my photographs and it will encourage you to visit some of these wonderful places and create your own memories.

- Dave