TPF Founder: Meet Chase!

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  1. TPF Staff

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    Jun 7, 2006
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    By terri at Wed, 2006-11-29 22:58

    <div>This month's interview&nbsp;is&nbsp;very special.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For those of you who don't know, The Photo Forum started in March 2003 as a small side project for a certain southern California boy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Over the years, TPF has taken shape, form, and evolved into the active, vibrant photography community it is today.&nbsp;&nbsp; Chase is our founding father, fearless leader, and an all around genuinely great guy whose only major weakness seems to be for a certain style of potato chip.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We thought it was time to bring the man behind the madness front and center.&nbsp;&nbsp; Without further delay -&nbsp;meet Chase!</div>
    <p><strong>1) Chase, you are not only an owner of TPF, you are the forum's founder - the reason we are all here. What made you want to start a photography website? First tell us what the heck you were thinking, then the how - and where - TPF was born. <br /></strong><br />There are two reasons, which could get pretty lengthy, so I'll try to give the high level overview. One is obviously my interest in photography and how little I knew about it, so I figured it would be a great way for me to learn more and get more involved. The other was the techie in me wanting to experiment with running my own web server. When I first launched the site, it was hosted on a PC in my living room that was running on a DSL line and it existed like that for about the first year.<br /><br /><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="" /><strong>2) What's your gear? And how often do you get a chance to get out there and shoot it?<br /></strong><br />I mostly shoot with a Nikon D70 using either a 50mm 1.8 or 28-70 2.8 lens. I also have a Rollei that I love to shoot with, but I don't get out often enough with it. Lately, I've been lucky to get out shooting more than once a month or so.<br /><br /><strong>3) You're a new father, aren't you? How has being a father changed you? <br /></strong><br />Yep, my son just turned 4 months old today as I am writing this. I think it is really too early for me to be able to clearly understand how it has changed me, but it has definitely lead to a whole new area of joy in my life. Seeing him enter the world was amazing, and every smile he gives me continues to be amazing.<br /><br /><strong>4) What's your favorite time of day? How come?</strong><br /><br />I'm definitely a night person. Probably early evening would be my favorite overall. Why? I really have no idea. I guess it tends to be when I feel I'm at my best and I really enjoy cool summer nights to just sit outside and relax.<br /><br /><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="" /><strong>5) When you log into TPF, what is the absolute first place you check out? Why?</strong> <br /><br />Well, I'd love to say it was one of the galleries, but the first thing I do is check in on any issues that may be going on that need my attention. Yes, the rumor is true - there is a hidden forum where the admins and moderators talk about all of the members behind their backs! (wink) Once any potential &quot;business&quot; is out of the way, I'm usually off to the wedding and portrait area first because it is a major area of interest to me that I know just about nothing about! <br /><br /><strong>6) To date, what do you believe to be your most satisfying accomplishment? (This could be of a personal or professional nature.) Tell us why it strikes you as the most satisfying. <br /></strong><br />That really is a tough question. I don't know if this would be the most, but what popped to mind is my relocating from Los Angeles to Dallas. My wife and I were born and raised in L.A. and we both had been looking for a change and decided to go for it. We moved without either of us having jobs lined up and just sort of took a chance for what we wanted and, so far, it has worked out amazingly well.<br /><br /><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="" /><strong>7) What do you do for fun and adventure?</strong> <br /><br />That depends on how much money and time is available. I love scuba diving, although I haven't had a chance to get out and do it for quite some time now. Most vacations I've taken have somehow related to heading towards the Caribbean for some sort of water activities. I've always loved the water, so even when we're home, I have a boat and a pair of sea doos to get out on the lake with.<br /><br /><strong>8 ) What are three things you can't do without? (This is no time to get mushy on us, btw - we all know the beautiful wife and baby are irreplaceable. Let's hear about non-sentient items - the things that make you say &quot;gimme&quot;.) Confess!!<br /></strong><br />1 - Jalapeno Chips - sorry, it is an addiction<br />2 - Internet Access - sorry, it is an addiction (I already said that, didn't I?)<br />3 - Did I already say Jalapeno Chips??<br /><br /><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="" /><strong>9) If you had the power to change one thing in the world right now, what would it be?</strong><br /><br />Hmmmm, ok, I think this question is on a bit too grand a scale for me. One thing to change the world. Whirled peas. Definitely whirled peas.<br /><br /><br /><strong>10) And finally, share with us your plans and hopes for TPF. Are you satisfied with the direction it's going? Where do you see the site in five years?<br /></strong><br />Plans and hopes for Well, I have plenty of big ideas that I'd love to implement, but somehow life always finds a way of getting in the way. I'd love to break free of us &quot;just&quot; being a forum and become more of a well-rounded photographic resource. More articles, more general content, etc. I'm also interested in finding products and services people may be interested in. I really don't know what to expect in the next 5 years, because I never expected TPF to be what it has already become. It used to be a site that I own and run, and now I feel it has sort of taken on a life of its own that I just help facilitate. The next 5 years will be very interesting to see.<br /><br /><strong>Thank you, Chase, for taking the time to participate with the interviews and answer some silly questions. None of us would be able to enjoy TPF if you hadn't decided back in 2003 to launch a little forum from your living room. Here's a &quot;thank you&quot; from your Editor, and also a collective &quot;thank you&quot; from all your Moderators and members! <br /><br /><em>From the Editor:</em>&nbsp; I was saving the best for last. This concludes the &quot;Interview With a Mod&quot; series with&nbsp;our&nbsp;TPF staff.&nbsp;&nbsp; Stay tuned for our next series, which will be focusing on all of you - the members of TPF.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our &quot;Member Spotlight&quot; series will begin sometime in 2007. <br /></strong></p>


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