Joe Calton became hooked on photography at the age of 13 after joining the 8th grade Photography Club. His first camera was an all plastic "Diana" model from a dimestore that set him back $7.00. The club shot all B&W so they could develop their own negatives and make their own prints. It was a valuable learning experience and sparked an enthusiasm that has not diminished over the decades. He enjoys heading out on "photo safaris", sometimes with a particular subject or target in mind, but other times letting his muse guiding him with an eye peeled for the serendipitous discovery. Joe has a particular love for architecture, Americana, macro photography and turning common, everyday subjects into abstract images.