What has photography done for me?

1 year ago 10
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The Out of Chicago Event went great, I had a great time and met a lot of really nice folks!  During one of my sessions a man asked me a great question and I wanted to share it, and my answer, with you.  The question was;  After all these years of traveling and photographing every imaginable subject and location, what is the best thing all of this has given back to you?


I didn’t have to think even for a minute, it’s that simple, it’s the people!  From the moment I fell in love with photography it has been the great people that photography has brought into my life!   There is a real danger of doing this kind of post, because invariably, I will leave someone out and that would be a shame since all these folks I have gotten to know through this craft are precious to me, but my mind is seventyone and that does tax things!!!  So, to all the students, and friends in the field, thank you so much!!!!


Let me start with now and work backwards, I am thrilled to be teaching with Jack Graham as my teaching partner, he is the consumate professional at running workshops with years of experience in how to do it right, and he does. “do it right!”  Jack is a great shooter and one of my best friends, I enjoy his company even when our workshops stretch over two weeks, I still, hate to go home and leave his comapny, though I love going home to my very best friend, Sherelene!!!  Jack is a real friend and brother too!


Jim Haverstock and his wife Sue are another couple of best friends that I have come to love dearly and enjoy every moment I have with them!  Jim is one of the best shooting partners in the field, we have endless things we both enjoy and our time together is always great!  Jim is as fine a Christian man as I know.


When the His Light Workshops were going strong I had the emmense pleasure of working with and being best friends with Jim Begley.  Jim is a real triple threat; a great shooter, great Christian gentleman, and one of the nicest guys you could ever have the chance to get to know!  I miss being with him out there in the field all the time!  Then there was all the fun we had with John “The Snake” Barrett and Chuck Barnes, two really great guys, and wonderful shooters too!  How could I think of those years without mentioning Dr. Chuck Summers, a long time dear brother and another great shooter, really love this guy!!!  During the days of the His Light Events I was so fortunate to meet Carl Turner who has become a very dear brother and a great friend.  Carl and I are both very close to Charles Stanley and our relationships are truly one of the real treasures of my life!  Carl is a very special man, and he has blessed my life in more ways than I can describe!


Going back to the Great American Photography days, I had some wonderful friends that worked side by side with me, Mike Ellison, the late, great Don Nelson, Cliff Zenor, David Akoubian, Wayne Bennett just to name a few, wow what great folks!  I won’t even start to name all the legendary shooters that taught with us, trust me they are the who’s who of nature, landscape, wildlife and close-up photographers!


What I’m saying is long after my images have faded and been forgotten, these great people will define what was best about photography for me!




the pilgrim



If you didn’t find yourself listed and you know you should have been, your’re right, sorry about that!!!

10 Responses

  1. Cecil Scott says:

    Bill,You need to know how much I look forward to Your posts for the inspirations to be a better photographer and person and God is there in Your messages is what makes it so right.Thanks for
    your Blogs and God Bless.

  2. Steve Hurst says:

    The thing that you leave out is not only the great people that you had a pleasure to work with but the people you influenced along the way. Many that you may have never realized or even met except thru your images or writings. Your Christian witness has meant a lot to me and and I know to many others. So being the humble man you are there are many that have you on their list of people that had a profound influence in their lives spiritually and photographically. God has blessed you thru giving as well as receiving and I think the greatest gift of all is to have an influence in someone else life. Have a great 4th.

    • admin says:

      Steve, thank you for those kind words. Jesus Christ has done it all for me, and I can only try tor each out and love others with His perfecr love! I’m not up to it, but He is!

  3. Jim in Bloomington says:

    Steve Hurst stated our love and admiration for you so well. Your guidance, your advice, your friendship and fellowship, and your example have enriched so many lives. His Light is so very much more than a workshop and teaching endeavor; it is a ministry that has changed lives for the better. It is a privilege to know you and call you a brother.

    • admin says:

      I feel the same about you Jim, you’ve been a light that constantly guides me back on to the path to Him!

  4. jack Graham says:

    Bill… no Brother—its my honor. You need to model the “BABE” Shirt for everyone! We are not even through with 2017 and I am excited about 2018….. love you!-JG

  5. Homer Fortney says:

    OK, you didn’t go back far enough!! You left one out but I will do it for you.
    Going way back before the Great American days there was that wonderful photographer and my brother, Homer Fortney. We shot with Papas’ old rangefinder and developed the films in black and white in our parents basement bathroom. Traveling to exciting mountain photography sites on our Honda 90s’. Great memories. 😉
    Love You Brother

    • admin says:

      Homer who??????

      You are absolutely right, it all started with my favorite and only brother, love you man, but
      then I knew you before photography, but that counts too!!!!

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