Leonard Longo grew up in a small town near Hartford, Connecticut, and attended culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island. He eventually moved to the west coast to pursue his career in the culinary arts and landed his first executive chef position in Long Beach, California.
It was there that he became interested in photography and began using the food he created, in the kitchens he managed, for his first photos. He quickly became hooked on taking photos and expanded his interests to include a broader range of subjects, primarily landscape and wildlife photography.
Mr. Longo continued photographing work-related culinary subjects throughout his career and in time he was fortunate enough to work with both professional chefs and photographers from companies such as Rich Products, Pillsbury and HJ Heinz.
Vacation photography for Mr. Longo included Greece, Italy, France, Montenegro and several countries in South America.
Mr. Longo and his wife moved to their home in Sun City last year and because he has stopped working full time, he has been able to devote much more time to photography. He has become a new member of the Sun City Camera Guild and in his words, “I cannot begin to explain how much I have learned in such a short time.”
Interacting with other camera enthusiasts has been a great experience for him and the new facility meets all his needs and then some. This was the first experience of being able to make full use of a studio while picking his own subject matter, something many photographers dream of.
“I would like to thank all the other club members that have been terrific,” said Mr. Longo, “sharing information with me on technique, locations and equipment with a special shout-out to our club president, Mr. John Wood, whose passion for photography, his knowledge and his patience are incredible!”
To view some of Mr Longo’s images on the RCSC website, visit suncityaz.org/recreation/clubs/camera-guild-of-sun-city.