Karl Buiter, Photographer.
Armed with my dad's Argus 35mm SLR camera, I discovered photography in the small creeks, woods, and backyards within a short hike of my home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After every set of adventures, a roll of film would be wound up and sent for processing. Days later, the new slides would be projected on the wall to friends and family.
Fast Forward to 1983. The computer game industry was emerging from the garage, and a young upstart company asked, "Can a Computer Make You Cry." I submitted a game based on the space program - EOS: Earth Orbit Stations - and along with Sentinel Worlds and HardNova, three science fiction games were published by Electronic Arts. The following years found me starting a game studio with legendary producer Joe Ybarra to create Shadows of Yserbius for The Sierra Network, then founding Orbital Studios with fellow industry veterans AJ Redmer and Gary Winnick to create Forced Alliance. Games for Sesame Street Workshop, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; HBO Mobile; and Scientific Games round out my entertainment software career.
In 2006 I began offroading with friends from Colorado. We met every year to spend a week in Ouray going up and down the San Juan silver mine trails. I soon acquired a camera to chronicle our adventures. And the dust of several decades gave way to rediscovered interest. With the help of my photography peers at Nature Photographers Network, I found my way back.
My images reflect America's pioneering history and culture through landscape, homesteads, and transportation that call back to a simpler life. Some would call this Americana; I just like the stories that are behind the images.