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Self Portrait ... New York City, N.Y. ... March 4, 2022

After years of shooting photos with point-and-click cameras and later with phones, a personal impasse in 2019 led me to buy a digital single lens reflex camera. Some classes in community colleges, online tutorials and networking with talented friends followed.

My work covers a range of themes: landscapes and urban architecture, people and wildlife, street photography and abstract ideas. I am a member of the Park West Camera Club in New York City. You can also view my work on Instagram @charleslpics.

I am retired from careers in music and print journalism with a BFA (1975, classical percussion) and MFA (2012, jazz studies) from California Institute of the Arts. I played drums professionally for roughly 30 years in a wide variety of genres from orchestras to pop, rock, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and jazz groups. For 15 years (1993-2008), I wrote for daily newspapers, including eight years at the Ventura County Star. My byline also appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, DownBeat, Jazziz and the Monterey Jazz Festival program. Following that, I returned to music full time and led two bands: Coda Jazz and Dreamland: A Celebration of Joni Mitchell featuring Kimberly Ford.

I am the co-author with Joe La Barbera of "Times Remembered: The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio." (University of North Texas Press, 2021). Learn more about our book at www.timesrememberedbook.com.

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