About Me 

Why?  Why not? These are questions I ask frequently.  As a photographer, I'm told by conventional wisdom that I should specialize in one area, or at least that my website should only highlight a single genre.  Why?  I'm an endlessly curious individual who is infatuated with the world around me; I find beauty in people, cultures, places, objects, patterns, light, shadow, interaction,  juxtaposition and emotion.  At times that means I'm a street photographer, others a portrait, event, sports, commercial, documentary, travel, or fine art photographer.  The truth is, I'm not 100% intrepid in each of those roles and personally I like that.  It seems to me that the old proverb, "Familiarity breeds contempt" has some truth to it.  Wandering around and getting lost in a place I've never been turns me on more than anything; I am one of those people who firmly believe that stepping out of one's 'comfort zone' is the path to growth, or at the very least, it's the antidote to boredom.  Why not, right? Life's far too short to buy into conventional wisdom.  Although I'm American, I have been living and shooting in Asia for the last decade. My travel experiences, photography students and motivation have all helped to push and shape me as a photographer.    

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