Nancy Bechtol
Since 2004
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Evolving from a fine arts background to a digital, new media arena in the early 1980s, I count among my teachers as Phil Morton, SAIC Video founder; and early on the Chicago Hairy Who tradition with Don Baum, among others, including my father. Seeing the other, seeing new visions--Photography is in my blood. Early on, I was engaged by my Dad taking 16 mm movies, then 8 mm when I was encouraged to 'try it" now and then. obsession occured rapidly.
He always spent time with composing the photo--that stuck with me. My grandfather was a commercial photographer. My father, a photographer in the Navy WWII. Years later, growing up, he would take out the war photos of Papua New Guinea, worlds away and showed us his work. He was also a commercial photographer for a while, and always in love with taking pictures of the family. I developed my first photos, in B/W, in a closet darkroom, taught by my Dad at age 7--using my brownie camera at first, then the Rolicord viewfinder.
My Mom always enjoyed taking photos also and drawing with me. Seeing your work on the ice box does a lot for ego.
I remained engaged by seeing, doing and capturing the moment. I collect experiences.