Antarctica - 2006, Journal entries by Nicholas Sutcliffe
I, Joe Sutcliffe, was born in Louisiana, Missouri and grew up in the western Kansas town of Grainfield. The U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era took me far from my Kansas flatlands roots and gave me the opportunity to experience travel outside of the U.S. After the Navy, I continued my education and began my career in Information Technology, retiring after 20 years from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Photography had been a hobby since I was a teenager in 4-H, but over the years I developed many other interests including stained glass work, sculpture and pottery. My father was the photography leader the 9 years I was in 4-H. He had installed a darkroom for black and white processing in our basement that allowed us to learn the basics of photography. I purchased my first 35 mm camera in 1967 while in Japan. I added lens over the years and acquired new bodies. In 2002 I purchased my first digital camera. The camera wasn't as good as I would have liked. It had a slow auto focus and other camera-specific limitations. I like the digital, though, because it's easy to try something and immediately see the results. Compact flash is like a continuous roll of film that I never run out of. I have found the process of developing photos through the digital process not only rewarding but advantageous as well. I have total control over the final image, color correcting and tweaking the photo until I am satisfied with the final outcome. The digital camera and the computer added a whole new experience to photography. As time passed I upgraded my digital camera to a SLR that allowed me to use my old lens. Ever since my entry into the county fair when I was 8 years old, I have loved to show my pictures. I have entered many photo contests and won numerous awards. In my travels throughout the world, I take two types pictures. The first is to record a story of the area and people that I see. The other is as seen through the eye of the artist. Many times they overlap. Photography is truly an art of passion and expression. It provides me with the ability to capture images from around the world. While I am photographing, I feel at peace, and it is during these moments that I begin to better understand the world and my place within it. I have traveled and taken photographs on all seven continents - Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and Antarctica. I would love to share all of my images with you.