So . . . I hate the About Page on websites. Mostly because they're usually full of self-inflating babble and information no one really cares about. One of my About Pages (yes, I've done this a few times) used to start, "Ron Longwell is a photographer and writer based in Abilene, Texas. Ron grew up roaming the hills and creeks of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Plateau. It was there that he fell in love with the serenity and beauty of the natural world, and at the age of 16, he began trying to capture that beauty with a camera." Yuck! I was even talking in the third person. How creepy is that?
What I think people really want to know when they read an About Page is who the person really is under the hood. So let me try to give you some of that. First of all, my Christian faith is my anchor, and Jesus Christ is my Lord, and the one who loves me more than anyone else. And before you roll your eyes and go off in search of another website, let me just say that I try very hard not to be creepy, condescending, or to shove my faith down anyone's throat. Because I don't like that kind of crap anymore than you do (yes, this Christian occasionally says "crap"). But Jesus has done some great things in me and loves me deeply, and that love has changed me for the better. So yeah, that's a big deal to me.
The second most important part of my life is my family - my wife of 22 years and my almost 21 year old son (the math works out nicely, doesn't it?). Oh, and my old dog - he's part of the family too. My family are the most important people in the world to me and I want them to always get my best.
Aside from that, I love nature and wild places. I treasure spending time in the outdoors with friends and family – fishing, hunting, photographing, and simply enjoying the view. I love to laugh. I enjoy having my mind stretched, but I love simple truths. I treasure good books, good movies, and good songs, because they make me want to be a better person. And I cherish good friends who will love me even when I am a loser and a screw up!
I believe in grace and mercy, and that everyone deserves a second chance, a smile, a kind word, and a friend. And that's the environment I try to create when I'm making a photograph of someone. I want to put people at ease, I want them to feel valued, and I want our time together to be sublime. Yes, sublime.
So there you go. Those are the things that make me tick. I hope I get to meet you some day, and I'm really glad you took the time to look at my site.