I don’t know if I ever would have developed such a love for taking pictures if it weren’t for my Dad. His camera and his photos were always a part of life when I was a kid. He bought me my first camera and instilled in me an artistic eye, framing what is out there for anyone to see, but in new ways, and calling attention to details that are easily missed unless you take the time to focus. This is what I enjoy the most about photography: taking something ordinary and framing it in an unexpected way, calling attention to an aspect of something familiar, bringing out the patterns and forms of urban life as well as the natural world. I enjoy the contrast of the man-made and the organic, and rusty junk, bugs, flowers and landscapes. I used to try a lot harder to photograph my own children, but as they have grown and are harder to corral, I started practicing on our dogs, the garden and even the slugs in the yard, who are quite accommodating it turns out. I am currently shooting with a Nikon D90 and various lenses and I process my photos on my home computer using Adobe Photoshop Elements. I have had two shows in the past four years at the Wauwatosa Public library with my father, Bert Hartinger. I have also had a couple individual shows in the gallery space at Eastbrook Church.