Nick, Photographer and Visual Artist: I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Hometown is Plainview and I lived there until I was 19 years old. I grew up loving art, making jewelry, playing with photography (had a small basement darkroom and a bunch of different cameras), writing creative song lyrics, and lifting rusty old weights in the basement. In December of 1979 I moved to California, lived there for a few months, and then joined the USAF (worked with and on Minuteman Missiles, 60 to 120 feet underground, and with nukes). While serving for about 7 years my creative side went essentially dormant. I became very technical and analytical, and dug into computers and aviation/aerospace, including commercial aviation, and I traveled world-wide. I spent 18 years in aviation/aerospace, also served as a volunteer firefighter, owned a small computer support and Web design company [Legacy Data Solutions (LDS), L.L.C. - also designed logos, brochures, business cards, all sorts of graphics, animation, and training videos], and later a personal training/life coaching business called Creative Common Sense, L.L.C. I finally started getting back into my creative roots with 2020 Visual Studios. I have literally gone from dark rooms and underground places to state-of-the-art digital photography and an above ground world of smiles, beautiful people, and beautiful places.