Being born and raised in the Northwest, it is hard not to fall in love with nature. I spent my early years camping, hiking and fishing in what could be described as some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. It’s almost as if I had no choice to seek out the smell of fresh air or calm of an empty expanse, and to this day I still love to escape to the quiet of the vast wilderness whenever I can.
When I was 18, I worked a summer up in Alaska. For someone with a love of the outdoors, there is no better place. I had an old Panasonic Film Camera, a handful of point and shoot disposables, and a ton of free time. The wildlife, paired with the backdrop of some of the most epic natural sights this country has to offer, was more than I could ask for. What a great way to learn, trial and error, time and time again . . . I had to learn on my own and figure out what worked, and what didn’t. From landscape shots to close up bear photos, it was a constant learning process. I still have those photos, and often look at them to remind myself of how it all began, and how lucky I really was.
From there, I developed a love for street photography and spent time in Mexico, Belize, New Orleans, Portland, Seattle, as well as Cuba. I loved to capture that “moment,” and everywhere I went I would have a camera in hand trying to get the next best shot. For years, it was trial and error all over again. I edited very few images, and shared even fewer. I felt as though I was just gaining experience, biding my time until I finally had my craft figured out. My only education is a few workshops and the hundred thousand or so images that I have captured over the years. Time was my teacher.
Since I first started I have traveled tens of thousands of miles, and rarely with the intent to photograph the entire time (although that is usually what happens). I have photographed everything from whales and bear in Alaska to Mayan burial sites deep inside caves of Belize, street photography in Cuba down to wildlife photography in Africa. From the outside, it would appear that there is very little in common with those areas in which I have worked. However, when you dig down and really explore those places that I love to photograph, there is a very common theme across them . . . they are all deeply interwoven in the concept of time. In these areas, for me personally, they have a transcendent almost alter reality to them. They seem to defy the flow of time, refusing to bow to it, and it is something that I find quite beautiful.
I have always hoped that my love and admiration for the places that I have photographed is able to come across in my work. I care very deeply about all of them, each and every animal, person, place . . . everything. Therefore, I have pledged that a percentage of every sale will be donated to the region of origin of the particular piece. I feel that part of my responsibility as a photographer is not only to share the beauty of those places with the viewer, but also share the appreciation of the viewer with the subjects.