I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana and began exploring the vast terrains of the Lower 48 as soon as I had a driver's license. Me, my Yashica FX-3 35mm, and the open road. My adventures took me through national parks, mountain ranges, open deserts, cityscapes, and coastal highway. At 18, I boarded my first international flight, camera and lenses in tow. My destination was Copenhagen, Denmark. I was instantly hooked and have since been crossing the International Date Line every chance I get. I'm happiest arriving in unfamiliar places, pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, and connecting with people from widely different cultures.
My travels have taken me further and further from my homeland and have opened my mind and heart in ways I never imagined. Travel truly is a gift and a privilege. I have yet to find a better way to expand one's worldview, to learn about diversity and culture, and to embrace and celebrate our common humanity.
Since 2008, I have been fortunate to win several photography contests; to be featured in international publications and exhibitions; to launch and complete a housing project for a low-caste family in Varanasi, India; to work in anti-trafficking along the Thai-Burmese border; and to network with organizations all over Southeast Asia working to protect children's rights, provide opportunities for migrant and stateless youth; combat exploitation and promote the rights of ethnic minority groups.
For me, the magic of photography lies in capturing and preserving a fleeting moment; in searching for and finding the common denominator we share as human beings; and in the thrill of continually being awed by this big, bold, beautiful world we reside in.
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