My name is John Roberts, I’ve been blogging for about 10 years and I currently maintain three blogs. The first site is about the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka and was created to raise money for our family’s reconstruction efforts in a small coastal village there. After 6 years of work there I am no longer so actively involved and as a consequence that blog is more of an archive. You can view it if you wish at: “Kurrupakanda”
My principal web presence is through my photography blog, “John Roberts Photography“. This is the blog I will be posting to for the Blogging 101 Course.
Last year, I started a new blog, “Quiet Warriors“, which chronicles my 8 years in the US Navy Silent Service as well as my belief that a continued strong submarine presence is necessary to insure our relative security.
I blog publicly in order to share my photography with other like-minded individuals. My circle of followers continues to grow but I know that there are many more photographers around the world that I would like to get to know.
Aside from continuing to improve my photographic skills, I believe I have a lot to learn about writing and site design. You can learn more about my background and current status by continuing to read below.
I live in Bellevue, WA (near Seattle) and spend my free time (not as much as you might think for a retired guy) photographing my surroundings. Most of my recent work is of Pacific Northwest venues. Earlier photos posted here are from my work and travels in Asia. Some of them were captured as lower res JPEGs and a few, before I shifted to digital in 2004, are scanned from film.
My first camera was the family Kodax Six-20 ‘Brownie’ C. Later, we had a Kodax Duaflex II. In high school (1954-1960) I took several photography courses where we developed and printed our own B/W film. We got to use a Speed Graphic 4″x5″ large format camera and a Nikon 35mm range finder.
In the 1970s, I shot thousands of feet of Super 8 of the kids and family vacations most of which is now brittle and faded.
I bought my first serious camera, a Minolta Maxxum 7000 in the 1980s. It traveled with me all over Europe, Asia and South America until I stumbled over one too many jungle roots or temple steps and it finally burst open. Since retirement in 2001, I have again become serious about photography and I now carry a Nikon D7000 and use my D70 that I purchased in 2001 when I retired as backup.
Other, non-photography notes:
I am a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
My technology background began in 1960 when I was trained by the US Navy as an electronic technician and nuclear reactor operator. From 1969 until my retirement in 2001, I worked in the IT industry as Service Manager, Product Manager, Director of Marketing and Managing Director of Asia/Pacific operations.
I would consider myself an ‘early adopter’ of new technology. I used to be able to program in COBOL, Fortran, APL, Basic and was competent with C/PM and DOS. A DEC PDP8 was the first minicomputer I used at work. My first home PC was one of the first Apple IIe sold in Seattle.
By way of personal philosophy, I try to practice Buddhist principals and meditation but am not particularly interested in rituals. I’ve always been fascinated by how humankind arrived at our current situation. Consequently, I read (or rather search the internet) about World History, Human Development, Evolution of Human Intelligence, Philosophy, Spiritual Beliefs, etc.
My work experience includes roles as a Submariner, a Nuclear Engineer, a College Dropout, and an International Business Executive. I served from 1960 to 1968 as a Cold War warrior on submarines starting with WWII era diesels and ending with nuclear powered missile subs. My business career took me to nearly every country in Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. I lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia for periods from 6 months to 3 years.
Oh, and I turned 72 years old in 2014.