VOLUNTEER: Richard Perkins

Perkins-DickRichard (Dick) Perkins has been a practicing physician and educator (specializing in at-risk pregnancies) for some 50 years. He has been taking nature and travel photographs even longer, since he started as a child. Dick’s demanding medical career has limited the time he can spend outdoors photographing nature, yet he has been an award-winning, part-time professional photographer for the past 20 years. Dick’s subjects of interest include closeups, landscapes, plants and wildlife.

Do you have a “day” job? What do you do?

I am a physician working as a consultant and advisor regarding high-risk pregnancy, planned and ongoing. It has been my love since I finished my training in 1971. The demands of this type of employment, both academic and private, have seriously interfered with my involvement in NANPA and photography in general.

When the right side of my brain starts screaming for equal time, that’s where I go. I view my photography as a way of escaping my left brain, where I am obliged to spend most of my time, and taking respite in my right cortex where creativity thrives. And besides, it is unredoubtable proof of the fallacy that I am never in my right mind. Continue reading