YOKOSUKA, JAPAN | BILLCHIZEKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM | EL PASO, TEXAS
I'm a husband, dad of three, retired US Navy, and self taught photographer originally from Manitowoc, WI. While currently living in Yokosuka, Japan we will eventually reside in El Paso, TX in the next few years. Since 2017 I have been shooting mostly stock photography and my photographic interests vary. Currently, I'm a stock photo contributor for Adobe Stock, iStock by Getty Images, Shutterstock, and a few other companies. My photos appear in numerous publications and websites, visit Stock Photos in the menu to view some of them.
My interest in photography began shortly after joining the Navy in 1981. I had the honor of serving as a musician in the US Navy Music Program for 30 years and visited much of the world. However, photography was short lived because film was too expensive for my salary. Being younger and smarter than I am today, I felt it was wiser to spend my money on beer and pizza while living in Europe rather than waste it capturing life's precious memories through photography. It was tough when I sold my Canon AE1 Program after a few years because when I bought it the price was more than I made in a month. While life in Navy Music had me on the road throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, I did little photography. Finally, in 2006 I became interested in digital photography and have been hooked ever since. After retiring from the Navy in 2011, I spent a few rewarding years as an adjunct US History professor. However, it's the challenges of the camera that draw me toward photography. It's much like that of a musical instrument, I learn something new every time I pick it up. The camera, like the trombone, has been both humbling and challenging.
Every day I attempt to apply the lessons learned from music toward the camera. As a musician since the mid 1970's, I was fortunate to play with incredible people (see my Fandalism page). The common denominator is that an instrument and a camera both require practice to improve. Photography now fills the part of my life once occupied by music. It's also become somewhat of a family affair and when out shooting, it's normally with my wife and kids; without my wife's support this little obsession would be just something else I'd just like to be doing, many thanks to her! 💖 My photos are available for purchase, just look for the "BUY" button to get started; watermarks will not appear on purchases. At my BLOG (BillChizekPhotography.net), I write about gear, travels, where I'm shooting, or back stories on some photos. I'm on a photo journey with no clients or deadlines, just a retired guy with a camera and the time to shoot! Please feel free to contact me, comment on photos, or sign the guest book.
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