Joe has been doing photography for about 10 years. He has been a history buff since he was a small child. He grew up in the Hudson Valley near West Point where his father taught. Family vacations to visit relatives always involved stopping at Civil War battlefields along the way. This, along with the well-timed Time-Life Civil War "Silver" Series of books instilled a love for this time period.
Joe attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and went to classes on the famous Marye's Heights. He studied Historic Preservation with an emphasis on Historic Architecture and Landscape Preservation. After school, he was a Park Ranger at Petersburg National Battlefield, private Tour Guide for the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania, and a researcher for an 18th Century Historian. Even after moving into the Graphic Design field he was very active in volunteering at other Civil War sites like Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas, Monocacy, Five Forks, Chickamauga, Bentonville, Gaines Mill, and Spotsylvania.
After his move to St. Simons Island, GA, his photographic interests really peaked and he began to do it professionally. Now he is returning to those same battlefields he holds sacred to photograph them. He is also very eager to visit new battlefields.
Joe even studied wet plate photography (the method used by Civil War era photographers) under Robert Szabo, but has decided to concentrate on more modern methods.More Info on the Battlefield Photos FAQ Page