Eric at the Library of Congress - July 2015
Hello. I'm an educator who loves photography.  As a teacher at Discovery Middle School in Liberty, Missouri I teach 8th grade United States History, Student Broadcasting and Technology.  Since I bought my first computer in 6th grade - a Commodore 64 - I have loved being creative with technology.  I feel fortunate that my career allows me to integrate technology in ways that makes learning exciting for my students.

My enjoyment in taking pictures is probably passed down to me from my dad.  My mom and dad owned The Howells Journal while I was growing up, the local newspaper in my hometown.  Dad took pictures for the paper and won state awards for his journalist photography.  We also had some Ansel Adams prints in the house and I learned to appreciate the artistic beauty in the simplicity of black and white photos.

That was back in the day of developing and printing your own work and he showed me how to roll and develop 35 mm film in the darkroom he made from a closet in our bathroom at home. He also showed me how to print and enlarge photographs for the newspaper.  He would let me use some of his old 35 mm cameras to take pictures for the paper as a kid growing up.  Those all seem like ancient arts now but I learned to enjoy creating and sharing an image through photography.  

I enjoyed taking pictures in college and as a young adult but it was expensive to buy film and have it processed so you had to be careful about what you shoot. I bought my first digital camera around 2003, a Gateway DC-T50 camera that shot in 5 Megapixels. It didn't matter how many pictures you took with digital as long as you had enough memory on your card.  It was so freeing to be able to take as many pictures as you wanted.

The other aspect of digital photography that I love is postproduction and the ability to edit photos.  I enjoy using a variety of apps and online tools to create beautiful pieces of art from my photos.