Why I do what I do:
Photography is my way of practicing communicating what I see in those moments where our tangible ever-changing world inspires some feeling — some thought that is significant. A little snippet of the bare truthful beauty we can all feel every day if you just know how to look and comprehend what you see. Photography trains my eye — it teaches me to see the patterns and natural order in the apparent chaos of the universe we live in. These same experiences are what drive my scientific and spiritual curiosity as a geologist and fellow self-aware conscious being. It is my way to document my own take on this world we all have the pleasure of experiencing. It is a way for me try to preserve a moment so that I can share some part of that experience with you — so you can make it your own, whatever you may learn, feel, or be reminded of from it. For me, photography is an evolving reflection of how the technical left side of my brain works with what the creative right side wants to capture and share. I hope my work communicates something to you, and most of all that while looking at it you can at least take one breath with a quieter mind!
A little about myself:
My passions in life stem directly from my intuitive love, need, and respect of the natural world. Aside from photography, I also love geology, orcas, solitude, my dog, rock climbing, wine, skiing, Tenkara fly fishing, backpacking, yoga, making music, the mountains and the sea, Eastern philosophies, quantum mechanics, Tool, a good laugh, life, and the great outdoors. I enjoy traveling and exploring new geographies, each with a unique spirit of community. With every landscape I get to know and photograph, I feel as though I have a constant source of new inspiration and a continusouly evolving perspective of life and our connection with the environment around us. The spectacular variety of life and landscapes on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the mountains and rivers of Wyoming captivate me the most. It is my personal goal to understand and appreciate how the earth works on many different scales. As someone with a bachelors degree in geology from Michigan State and a masters degree in geology from University of Wyoming, I often take a scientific approach to learn about the earth’s systems; however, I also take a artistic approach by using photography to explore, express, and appreciate the finer details and powerful feelings that the outdoors invoke. To me, the line between art and science is blurry, and one that often needs to be removed. I love to find and photograph details in nature that move me in some way and remind me to take a breath and appreciate the world we live in a little more. I will forever be a student exploring all the trails, smells, light, mountains, and aspects of the outdoors. I hope that I can inspire you to do the same. Happy trails!