In a Nutshell...
Exploring different parts of our world has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. It started when I was young with long road trips from Cincinnati, Ohio to the Western and Southern United States. I still remember being amazed by the Rocky Mountains, the Badlands and the Grand Canyon. In recent years, I have been able to pursue this passion more globally as a U.S. ex-pat living in Germany & Switzerland. Since 2012, I have visited 30 different countries (several more than once) -- from Iceland to New Zealand. I am very fortunate to have had the privilege of seeing places, meeting people, and experiencing cultures that I dreamed of visiting as a child.
Somewhere along the way, I picked up a camera and took it with me when I traveled. It was just a simple point and shoot & I took a lot of really bad photographs of the places I was visiting. I didn’t think about it much…the photos reminded me of my trips and that seemed good enough. Then, simply by chance, I captured a photograph that did more than just remind me of what I had seen…it reminded me of how I felt when was there. At that point, I became fascinated by photography. I read everything that I could find online and elsewhere. I practiced, made mistakes, and learned from the mistakes. Then I practiced some more, made different mistakes, and learned from those mistakes .... and before I knew it, I was caught up in a cycle of continuous improvement from which I suspect I will never fully emerge.
Combining my passion for travel and photography seemed only natural. This site is where I share most of my images and the occasional story behind the experience. It is my hope that something that you see here will inspire you, move you, and/or provide a different view of the things around us. There is a lot out there to discover, so join me in a journey to see more of the world and take a few photos along the way.
My best images always come when I am inspired by my subject. Fortunately for me, inspiration comes from many different things and can even change from visit to visit. Sometimes it is simply the sheer natural beauty of the landscape or the people that embody its culture. Other times, it is modern architecture that astounds or historical buildings that transport you back in time. Whatever the catalyst, attempting to capture the essence of what I am experiencing is incredibly motivating and, if the image communicates that experience back to you, the viewer, it is equally rewarding.
The process of taking a photograph has become, for me, almost as gratifying as the image itself. In a fast-paced world where distractions are everywhere, photography forces me to slow down, be present and be mindful in my surroundings. Getting a great image is magical, but the exercise itself is what helps me to truly appreciate the moment.