To know the origins of the Black Fox, one needs to go back to the winter of 1956 when Paramount released "The Court Jester" a movie that was panned at the box office but later became a cult phenomenon. Starring Danny Kaye, the movie follows the Robin Hood-esque Black Fox and his attempts to get the real king of England back on the throne. Like Robin Hood, an mercilless, greedy king has siezed the throne and raped the country of its wealth.
Although I was born in 1962, the movie was a favorite of my mother's and whenever it appeared in the TV guide, she'd watch it and laugh like she was seeing it for the first time. As a young child, I realized that this silly movie with tongue-twisting songs made my mom very happy and therefore I wanted to mimic the movie in order to get the same response from my mom. By the time I was a young adult and joining the US Navy in 1981, I had recorded the movie on a series of audio cassette tapes and while at sea I memorized the songs, much to the chagrin of my shipmates. I remember singing "The Malajusted Jester" at Trevi fountain in Rome when my mates just wanted to throw three coins in for wishes. . . I blame the Ouzo I imbibed earlier in the evening.
In 2000 when I met the woman who would become my second wife, she offered a unique opportunity to attend the Maryland Renaissance Festival. . . but she insisted we'd dress up for the day-date. I immediately thought of the Black Fox and asked her to make me an appropriate costume. Cynthia is as talented of a seamstress as I am a photographer and she put together an outfit based on the character. The year we were married (2004), she upgraded my outfit from costume to professional-grade garb that one would have to have paid hundreds for from a tailor. In the cape, she created several different-dimentional pockets to hold several of the lenses I carried.
So that's when I became the Black Fox. I've carried that monicor for almost two decades and from pirate re-enactors to Renaissance Enthusiasts, I've been hailed as one of the top photographers of those realms. Dedicated to my craft, I've been the official photographer of several weddings, both guests and management. Since I'm so dedicated to both the craft and the genres, I'm the first photographer many ask for when needing image services.
I'm the Black Fox and instead of arrows, I shoot photos.