Bill Theis. New to SRPS. Been photographing with view cameras for 50 years, mostly on the Colorado Plateau. I have only been actively showing my work to the public since I retired about a dozen years ago in various galleries here in Sonoma and participate in open studios including Art Trails and Art at the Source.
I started my own photography business at the age of 16 doing portrait, wedding, and commercial photography. Few can claim making enough money to pay for all the college bills but I can for a B.S, M.A. and PhD in physics from the University of Texas. Besides being employed as photojournalist for the local newspaper and high school annual, I lettered in Football, not as a player but as the team movie photographer! During these years, I was living on a Texas farm where my creative side was nurtured by many abstract images of farm implements and old buildings. I purchased my first view camera when I moved to Ohio, where I photographed the Midwest, the Appalachian Mountains, and Canada which were complemented with annual trips west of the Rockies that began in 1966 and continue to this day. I retired from Federal Civil Service and relocated to Sonoma wine country in 2011. My photographs from over 50 years of dedication to photography can be found internationally in private collections and was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Shanghai Public Library.