My first African experience, while an undergraduate, with the work camp program Crossroads Africa, in the Gambia in 1964:

The River Gambia, 1964; Photo by Leon P. Spencer

The River Gambia, 1964; Photo by Leon P. Spencer

I have dabbled with photography for years. My first real "success" was having one of my photos on the cover of Boy's Life (the scouting magazine) in the 1950s. In high school I interpreted Carl Sandburg's poetry with photos for an English class, and I went to Duke University and photographed arches (Duke has an abundance) for some kind of project about classical architecture. I did darkroom work for a professor at NC State. My hope was to go to college and study photography, but it was hard to find a university back then that offered photography programs, so... I did the next best thing: I went to where my father and hordes of family went, Wake Forest College, and I majored in political science! Since college - aside from doing a black-and-white photo exhibit on Namibia in the early 1980s, and trying unsuccessfully to sell some photos at arts and craft shows in Alabama - I've simply enjoyed, well, "dabbling." A sample, mainly from Africa, will begin to be posted here.