Photographer Ted Skeen spent eight years in Rocky Mountain National Park , giving lectures and leading photo walks. He returned to the East Coast 10 years ago but relives the Rockies experience by giving photo presentations, like the one he will do Monday at the Darien Senior Activities Center.
"The views were fantastic, the wildlife was spectacular and I got to interface with 1,000 people who came on the walks and lectures every week," he said.
Skeen worked at Kodak for 33 years, retiring in 1990. He then opened his own studio to focus on portraiture and glamour shots for models before Kodak asked him to give presentations in Rocky Mountain and other national parks.
"I thought I would be bored out of my mind," he said. "It turned out I never got bored."
In his youth in England, Skeen was interested in becoming a journalist and then took courses in accounting. After a stint in the Royal Marines, he joined the J. Arthur Rank Motion Picture Co. as an accountant. After a while, he was asked to go to conventions and talk to people about camera equipment.
"I didn't have a clue about lenses and f-stops, so I took a course at London University. Learning image-capturing fascinated me," he said.
After immigrating to the United States, Skeen worked at Kodak as an assistant instructor and got the chance to meet with and learn from top photographers in New York City. He also designed programs on fashion, still life and portraiture.
These days Skeen gives presentations of his slides and teaches at Norwalk Community College . "One of the wonderful things about photography is when you capture images it brings back memories," he said. "Sometimes I'll be looking at my slides and something I'd almost forgotten will pop up. It's like I'm back there by checking my slides."
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