Bob grew up in Shattuck, Oklahoma, a rural town of 1,000 near the Texas border. Here, his grandfather had started a hospital and was later joined by his Dad and two uncles in a multi- specialty clinic. Following family tradition, he went to medical school, became a Urologist, and returned to Shattuck, where he practiced for 2 ½ years.
In 1984, he moved to the University of Florida in Gainesville to learn about three new minimally invasive treatments for kidney stones (Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy, Ureteroscopy and Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy). At the completion of his training, he was asked to join the faculty.
Part of the allure of Medicine and being at a University was the opportunity to teach and learn about new procedures and treatments. During his tenure in Gainesville, he helped train over fifty urologists and started the first laparoscopic kidney donor program in the southeastern United States. He remained in the teaching program until 2011, rising to Professorial rank and ultimately became the Chief of Urology.
As his medical practice began to wind down, he took renewed interest in hobbies that began in undergraduate school but had lain quiescent for many years. Again, with the idea of learning something new, his interest and focus returned to photography and travel.
His knowledge of photography was not obtained in traditional classroom setting. Rather, he has had the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops with renowned photographers including Sam Abell, Joseph-Philippe Bevillard, Karl Grobl, David Alan Harvey, George Lepp, Jay Maisel, Arthur Meyerson, Magdalena Sole, Peter Turnley, Nevada Wier, Jeremy Woodhouse, and Jim Zuckerman.
He regularly participates in photographic competitions and has received multiple awards from organizations including, Px3 Paris Photo Awards, South X Southeast Gallery, International Photo Awards, and Pollux Photograph Awards.
His work has been exhibited @ South X Southeast Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery, and will hang in Barcelona at the 12 Annual Pollux Awards Exhibition in Barcelona in May of this year.
Selected images have been published in Black and White Magazine, Shadow & Light Magazine, and in the online magazines Dodho and Social Documentary Network.
He is currently working on long-term projects that document the lives of The Irish Travellers and the people of the Mississippi Delta.