Photography has been my life-long passion for over 65 years, starting out with a Brownie Hawkeye my parents gave me for my 7th birthday. They probably wish they had bought me something else because whenever we went anywhere I constantly made my Dad stop the car so I could take a picture of anything that caught my eye, and almost everything did — and still does.
I got into news and sports photography in high school where I was chief photographer for both my school’s weekly newspaper and yearbook, using a Crown Graphic 4x5 press camera (which I still have) and flash bulbs. I continued with news and sports photography with a 35mm SLR (I think it was a Contaflex) in college where I was Photo Editor of the Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper at the University of Oregon — Go Ducks!
In addition to supervising a 3-man photo staff, I did a weekly photo story on current events that was entitled “Pictorially Speaking ... by Lou Parker,” which is the name I still use today for my photo website. In addition, I was a photographer for the local and national magazine, “The Teke,” of my college fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and did some exhibition, commercial and wedding photography on the side to help pay for my “habit.” I continued my photo-journalism endeavors in law school for its monthly news magazine, "The Willamette Lawyer," which I started, edited and produced with the help of two other law students.
After graduation, I served as a U.S. Army JAG lawyer and Military Judge, stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Dix, NJ, Ft. Carson, CO, and Stuttgart, Germany. With 2 newly acquired Pentax Spotmatic 35mm film SLRs that I bought at the Canadian PX in Baden Baden, I won several photography contests with photos I took in Europe. My travels took me (and my 2 trusty Spotmatics) to West and East Germany, Austria, Great Britain, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Greece and North Africa. I have started digitizing some of the thousands (literally) of my pre-DSLR Kodachromes from Europe, some of which I have already put in portfolios here.
About a year after leaving the Army, I started and ran a successful offset printing and graphics business in Colorado's high country (Vail) for 8 years where I was able to put my photographic experience to good use, both in the shop and on the slopes. Since moving to Phoenix in the Arizona desert I have continued doing a lot of travel, landscape, sports, events and family photography, switching from Pentax film to Pentax digital (DSLR) cameras a few years ago.
Thanks for sharing my photography and I hope you enjoy viewing my images as much as I do taking them!