I grew up in a small town in Eastern Washington and graduated from high school in 1965. There were eight other students in my graduating class, and I have known some of them since the first grade. In 1969 I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in mathematics. I married my wife, Joyce, in 1972.
In the following years I worked as an assistant for a number of successful photographers. I opened my own studio in 1979. Cliff Fiess Photography is currently based in the small community of Kingston on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. For over thirty years I have been helping manufacturers, distributors, and retailers sell their products. My clients have included some of the best graphic designers and art directors in the Puget Sound area.
Since leaving college I have been trying to make my money grow by investing it well. I've invested in stocks, mutual funds, commodity futures, and real estate. I've has been fairly successful in everything except real estate. Real estate was simply a disaster. I decided to sell all my real estate and invest in something safe and sane like futures contracts. My real estate problems were fascinating and almost unbelievable. Perhaps I'll write about them someday.
I have been interested in humor all my life. Most people consider humorous books to be lightweight literature, but I take it very seriously. To me it is one of the great art forms. Click on one of the links below to see some examples I particularly like.
My favorite authors are Mark Twain, Patrick McManus, Janet Evanovich, and especially P.G. Wodehouse. I love classic rock and roll and rhythm and blues music. My favorite f/stop is 19.