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Day job or what I do when I'm not making pictures.

June 03, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

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I'm not a full-time photographer.  Like many photographers I have a day job which pays the bills and use photography as a hobby and as an outlet for my creative side.

I went to college and studied Political Science.  I was sure I wanted to become a lawyer.  However, after an internship at a law office I quickly decided that really wasn't how I wanted to spend my life.

Luckily my senior year in college I found a "Management Trainee" position with a small manufacturing company which I was hired for. That position was a great way to learn everything about manufacturing at the macro level as I spent time doing everything from production supervision to shipping to material planning.

Material planning was the part of the operations that I enjoyed most and my career since then has been within the "Supply Chain" realms of planning and procurement. 

I've had the chance to work in a variety of industries including textiles, heavy machinery, high-tech, consumer products, gas turbines, and now industrial equipment.  Over the years I shifted from planning roles over to specializing more in procurement/sourcing/operations.  The variety of companies have given me a great view of how different organizations approach the problems of ensuring the right components are available at the right time.

Over 30 years in manufacturing, I've seen how technology has improved our ability to effectively operate.  From the early days of "visicalc" spreadsheets and paper work-orders, to a digital workflow and advanced ERP systems that can help manage thousands of SKUs.  Now, AI on the horizon will help to automate workflows and continue to improve our processes!

Automation and technology has also impacted my photography over the years as I've moved from 35mm cameras to digital cameras which allow us to make many more images in the field.  Waiting to see how the pictures came out back from the developer has changed to instantly being able to see what we've captured on the back of our cameras.  In addition, most of us carry great cameras in our pockets in our cellphones which mean you never have to be without a camera.  Processing wise we have programs like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and even in camera/app editing tools which can improve our captures to show what we want them to.  New AI tools can even generate digital images from a "suggestion prompt" like the one in the photo above, which I created in Adobe Express.

I'll always enjoy photography, but I've never had a desire to do it full-time as I think it would take away the enjoyment of it as a hobby.  I look forward to sharing more of my photos with you here and hope that you've enjoyed learning a little more about what I do when I'm not behind the viewfinder.

 


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Welcome!

I currently live in Greer, South Carolina in the Upstate, but am originally from Poway, California. I've lived in the Southeastern US since my college days at Arkansas State. 

I enjoy traveling the backroads of America with my wife Patrice (also a great photographer), photography (my favorites), railroads, and learning about technology and how it will change our lives in every way. 

I've had the chance to work for a variety of companies in many industries over the years and had the chance to live all over the South while working in Manufacturing Management.

You can learn more "About Gene" where I discuss some of my influences.

Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

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