President: Tom Sheckels
Tom was born in Bozeman, Montana, moved to Amherst, Massachusetts as a child and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. A professional engineer, Tom has lived in New Jersey since 1976 when he began his career as an Environmental Engineer for the Navy. He has over twenty-five years of environmental experience which has included the cleanup of past hazardous waste dump sites and working with the clean water programs. Tom has traveled extensively for work and pleasure, and has found inspiration for his photography in many diverse and unique places, urban and remote, near and far.
Tom has always loved photography, recalling that as a child, his first was a Kodak Baby Brownie camera. He learned the trade of photo developing in his father’s basement darkroom where all the family photos came to life. As digital photography emerged in the early 2000’s and with Tom’s computer skills, his passion for photography took off again.
The eyes can only see so much when looking straight ahead, similarly, such is the case with most camera shots; the field of view is relatively narrow. But people tend to look around to take in an entire wonderful scene and that is what he is recreating with his panoramic images. It’s a wider field of view but without losing the clarity in the image. Stitching multiple photos together, Tom makes images that provide a huge amount of detail, resolution, color and show great composition. Tom has amazing panoramic images in his inventory, from local cityscapes to landscapes in extremely remote parts of the world.
Treasurer: Fran Gardino
Fran Gardino has a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, which included Photography courses with such notables as Garry Winogrand and Gus Kayafas. He also pursued graduate studies at Harvard University Extension with Frank Gohlke and Jack Lueders Booth.
He has self-published 4 photo books on blurb.com: “Manhole Covers Etc.”, a collection of over 400 photos of utility covers from around the world, “Paint the Sky Fiery”, a series of night photos from Boston’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays from 2005 to 2012,
“The Sky Mourns”, a photo book of the 2013 fireworks in honor of the Boston Marathon victims, and “Touch the Sky”, showing numerous photos of clouds (many of which are panoramas) taken from the windows of commercial flights.
Fran is represented in the Vermont Artisans Gallery in Brattleboro VT, has two grandformat images installed at Boston’s Logan Airport, and has had several solo photo shows in the Boston area, including his “Italian Journey” show at the Italian Consulate in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston and “Villaggio Italiano”, a show of three 30-foot, 360-degree images in mini-cycloramas on display at the Harvard Education Portal in Allston, MA.
He has won numerous photo awards and has shown regularly in the juried summer shows at the Danforth Museum in Framingham MA, as well as other locations in the Boston area. He also has contributed hundreds of panorama images to the Google Earth website and has a website of his photos www.frangardino.com
Fran is also a Board member and the official photographer of the Brighton Allston Historical Society. Recently, he has been working on a new series of over two hundred 360-degree panoramic images of the local area for use in the BAHS Museum, and is one of the “Legendary Locals” in the book published by Linda Mishkin .
Professionally, Fran was Business Development Manager and worked for Mimaki USA for over 13 years as a key figure in building a successful Sales Channel selling wideformat and flatbed inkjet printers.
Secretary: Kay Larkin, Ph.D.
Enthusiasm with art and photography led me to take many photography classes in middle school, high school, and college. After college I pursued a career in Biology and my extensive use of photo-microscopy required that I continue to develop photography skills, including digital and three-dimensional imaging. During this time I had many images published in scientific journals and thousands utilized for clinical diagnoses.
I am an experimentalist by nature and incorporate the use of shallow-depth of field and slow shutter speeds at times to convey my impression of the moment.
In terms of artistic inspiration and expression I am most influenced by late 18th and early 19th Century Luminist painters.
I particularly enjoy making panoramic images because of the way they draw the viewer into the scene and convey a sense of space.
I also like to explore relationships of subjects and their shadows and other optical phenomena.
My purpose is to share the joy I find in the beauty that surrounds us all.
Director: Paul Speaker
I have been interested in photography since childhood, when I began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the USNavy, I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, I was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where I worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When our facility was sold and moved, I switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years I photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. I had my first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and by April had hired on as a full time retoucher for a full-service portrait studio. Currently, I am semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest me, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.
I am an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), currently serving on the PPA Council. Through PPA, I am certified as a Certified Professional Photographer. I have also earned the PPA Master of Photography Degree, the Craftsman Degree, and am working on the Master Artist Degree. At the state level, I have earned the Fellowship Award with two bars for the number of prints I’ve had accepted in the Professional Photographers of California (PPC)State Print Competitions since 2002. I have been the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards, a Fuji Masterpiece Award, and two Kodak Gallery Awards at the state level. I am a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers, based in Riverside, CA, the local affiliate of PPC. I am the new President-Elect of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP).
Director: Ray Pfeiffer
Raleigh, North Carolina
Ray was a political science major in college which is why he is a photographer today. He began his love affair with photography while working on his high school and college yearbooks. It was the documentary nature of that work which carried over to his wedding and portrait photography career that began while he was still in school.
After school he spent the next 25 years traveling around the US and into Canada photographing weddings and special events. Along the way his work has been published in several regional and national publications including Modern Bride and The Knot. A career highlight was being interviewed in Modern Bride. His fine art work has been exhibited in juried shows and galleries as well as being purchased for corporate and private collections.
Along the way, a chance encounter with a photographer carrying a Widelux camera changed the way he approached his work thereafter. Like many photographers, he began using stitching programs as they developed in the 90’s but film pan cameras are still his favorite tool.
Ray has also taught photography at the high school and collegiate level in
addition to the occasional workshop and guest lecture.
Director: Steve Delroy
Forest Hills, NY
I am a native New Yorker having grown up in Brooklyn and currently live in Queens. I am retired after pursuing careers first as a research organic chemist, then as a lawyer practicing Food & Drug law, Occupational Health & Safety, and Environmental law, and finally as a commercial building manager.
I retired after 17 year with the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) having managed several building in their NYC office.
I started learning photography as a teenager and it has been a passion ever since. I also am very involved with attending live music of various genres and live theatre.
I became aware of panoramic photography when I was loaned a Fuji 617 camera outfit in the early 1990’s and it quickly became an important part of my photography.
I stumbled upon IAPP and joined and attended my first Conference in Moab, UT. I also served as IAPP’s Secretary for 6 years.
I still use my Noblex and Roundshot film cameras as well as digital stitching and a Ricoh Theta 360° camera.
I love to travel and enjoy Rio de Janeiro as a principal destination have attended Carnaval, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. I enjoy cityscapes, landscapes and wildlife and they are a principal focus of my images.
Director: D. John McCarthy
D. John McCarthy is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned his AAS and BS in Professional Photography. He also has a MEd. from UMass Amherst in Educational Media and Technology and an MBA.
He is retired from the US Navy after serving 23 years in the Marine Corps and Navy in Public Affairs and Photography. He worked as a photographer at UMass Amherst, Davor Photography in Philadelphia, and for 28 years at Fujifilm in a variety of technical, sales, and marketing positions.
He has served as a Past President and other positions of the American Photographic Artists Guild, the International Photography Hall of Fame, and the International Association of Panoramic Photographers.
He has taught classes and workshops at PPA Affiliate schools and conventions and for other professional and amateur photo associations across the USA, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Austria, France, and Italy.
He has had a small pet photography business, Long Leash LLC, in Wilbraham MA specializing in Pet and Panorama photography. He earned is FAA Remote Pilot Certificate in 2016.
Past President: Dave Kutz
Cinematographer, Lighting Director, Specialty Camera Operator
Dave’s working background is in the field of motion picture and television. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology where his major was motion picture production and film animation. During his 30+ year career, Dave has been involved in a wide variety of corporate, documentary films and live events. In his specialty camera duties you’ll find him operating a Steadicam, a 32 foot camera crane, or performing aerial cinematography.
His interest in panoramic photography started in the mid 80’s while looking for a cost effective way to train his eye to compose for wide screen format films. “I found an Art Panorama 617 camera and carried that with me on jobs for quite a few years, shooting in the off hours on locations. Later I discovered the xpan and continue to carry it on jobs.”
In the early 90’s he started working with Roundshot and Hulcherama cameras. Working alongside another photographer, Dave designed the lighting and directed the lighting crews for the Pennsylvania State House and Senate group photographs and has continued to do so through the current session.
Today, Dave is working with digital panoramic as well as continuing with the film based techniques.