Pinky Brand

Our family darkroom, circa 1976.

Pinky Brand

At Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas

In junior high I spent most days after school in a slightly larger than phone-booth sized darkroom that my father built, dealing with all those smelly Kodak and Ilford photo chemicals and a totally analog and manual process. Anyone remember Kodak D-76, stop-bath, fixer, and hypo-clear chemical baths?

I was fortunate to be accepted to The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston. It was inspiring to be around so many creative and artistic types. I shot lots of film and dabbled with reel-to-reel black and white video. 

While other kids my age attending “normal” senior high schools in Houston participated in sports after school, I was earning $2.10 per hour every afternoon as a paid intern with Fred Damon Photographics in West University. Fred would shoot anything—wedding chapel deals, oilfield equipment, executive portraits, passport pics, etc. You name it, he did it, and I’m the guy that printed some of that stuff.

Upon receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, I became a professional television news video/photojournalist, editor, and live field producer at Channel 24 KVUE-TV ABC ‘Action News’ in Austin, Texas.

After eight wonderful years in the TV news business, I moved on to entrepreneurial ventures, spending much of the past 24 years heavily involved in the Internet domain name industry, and traveling extensively---57 countries and counting!

I have never let up shooting when on the road, and am pleased to share much of my content library via this website, and on my photography/travel/video blog.

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