About Steve - Steve Bougon Photography aka Photo-Dat


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About Steve

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I was born in New Orleans and grew up in Lakeview. My father was a restaurateur who owned several restaurants on the Westbank of the Mississippi, in Algiers and Gretna. Before attending Holy Cross starting in the seventh grade, I attended St. Dominic, St. Anthony and Gulf Coast Military Academy. After a year at the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette, I joined the Air Force and subsequently served in the United States, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and Okinawa.

My interest in photography began while serving in Vietnam in the late sixties. Armed with a Minolta SRT-101 and some basic photo equipment, I quickly realized that I really enjoyed photography, and the creativity and expression of the art form. I photographed the usual things, such as scenery and the things that surrounded me. Things, that I would be able to look back on as memories. However, I did find a lot of pleasure in those one of a kind photos, which would not just bring back memories, but capture the essence of something that would be interesting to a casual observer.

I started looking for the unusual things that surround us, but we never see, or even realize they are there. Of course the war and the demands of his job limited my time behind the lens and in the darkroom (no digital back then). After my tour in Vietnam, and 18 months in Japan and Korea I was back in the States, raising a new family and building successful business. There really seemed like there was no time for photography. Of course, I was always the family photographer for parties and gatherings. In 2008, I completed my Masters of Public Administration degree from National University in San Diego. After 30 years in business, I sort of retired in 2009. I now had time for photography, and I have been pursuing it ever since.
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