Charles "Chuck" Carstensen

Street and Documentary Photographer

​Ms. Cora Lyden introduced me to photography. She was a professional studio photographer in Nebraska. That was in the mid 1940’s. The passion fit immediately. My first camera was a 127 film Kodak Baby Brownie Special. I built a darkroom in my parents basement, learned on my own through high school graduation. While attending Pueblo, Colorado Junior College I worked as an intern photographer at the Pueblo Chieftain and Star Journal newspaper. Photojournalism is in my blood because of that experience. I was a member of the U. S. Navy Reserve, transferred to active duty (Korean War) where I elected to follow the working path of photography. Graduated from basic and advanced Photography Schools at Pensacola, Florida. My first duty assignment was the Fleet Air Photo Lab - Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan. Following 4 years active duty and Honorable Discharge from the Navy - the GI Bill helped to complete college education where I graduated BSBA from The University of Denver, Colorado. Work Experience: Quality Control Laboratory Spectrographer, Martin-Marietta Corporation, Insurance Industry Claims Industry 10 years, Business owner 35 years building the company from scratch to 18 employees in 3 offices. Final business years I specialized in General Aviation Accident Investigation and Adjusting as a sole proprietor. That speciality heavily involved one chance only documentary photography. Now retired. My passion is panoramic photography. I am the Webmaster, Black Canyon Camera Club. Photographic Society of America education course graduate - The History of Photography; Image Analysis; A Portfolio Experience. Self published 2 Photo Books. On - Orval’s Used Cars. On Black Canyon - The North Rim.
Available for  assignment.

Orval's Used Car lot in Delta, Colorado USA. It is a portfolio project initially created for The Photographic Society of America online course

This is a self published book of 40 pages with the story and photographs of Orval Proctor's collection of Classic Cars.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado. The South Rim is its most visited site. However, the North Rim is, in many ways, more spectacular and scenic. I created this photo book as a guide to the viewpoints. The North Rim is memorable.