“Making pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
– Marc Riboud
Photojournalism is my passion and focus. I respect and am inspired by the craft of creating still images that explore the human experience and the natural world: raw, rugged, imperfect, inspiring. Beautiful.
My camera is another limb and I derive deep joy and sense of purpose from engaging and photographing everything from landscapes and wildlife to portraits, outdoor adventure and lifestyle. Every subject, condition and situation presents a unique challenge and opportunity to sculpt light.
I grew up on the south shore of eastern Long Island, where our summers revolved around the tides and surf-breaks and our winters were mostly spent downhill skiing on the hard-pack snow of Vermont. I was raised by artists and was influenced from an early age by my father’s photographs and my mother’s paintings of their experiences traveling around the world. Some of my fondest memories are of my father teaching me how to read and meter light, set exposures and develop film. I felt intimidated and excited by photography's ability to stop time and connect with the world. The images and ethos of James Nachtwey, Josef Koudelka and Henri Cartier-Bresson's 'decisive moment' influenced and inspired me and I aspire to create images so raw and powerful.
In 2007 I was invited to go to Vietnam to photograph and document work being done by a non-profit organization building schools outside of Hue. While contributing to that project, I connected with an orphanage and became friends with 20 Buddhist nuns caring for over 200 children. I began to learn the backstories of the children - they had been displaced from rural villages due to the long impact of conflict. Toxins in the soil from bombs that had been detonated had rendered the land barren, denying subsistence farmers their livelihood and ability to care for their children. This sparked an interest in the potential for regenerative agriculture as a way to restore land and keep rural communities intact. I continued traveling and volunteering to learn regenerative and sustainable organic agriculture practices.
This evolved into getting grant funding to work with a women’s group in Nepal, studying permaculture and greening-the-desert practices in India and Jordan, and it all came full circle in 2011 when I was offered the position as Country Director of Nepal for an INGO focused on child protection and deinstitutionalization. Our core work was family tracing and reunification for trafficked and displaced children from villages dependent on subsistence agriculture all over the country.
I learned about participatory approaches, listening to beneficiaries, building trust and connecting across cultures to implement effective programs. These experiences as an observer behind a lens and as someone responsible for designing and implementing programs taught me important and challenging lessons about international aid and intervention.
In 2014 I returned to the USA. It was a difficult decision to leave Nepal, however we had found the right person to take over my role so the organization would be led by and for Nepali nationals on the ground. It was a tremendous success to reach that point and the most sustainable way forward for the important work being done.
After seven years of living abroad, I was unsure what my next step would be. I found healing, beauty and inspiration in the mountains and wilderness in ways I never had experienced before. After a year in Colorado skiing, climbing and continuing to work in the non-profit sector for human-trafficking and international aid (returning to Nepal and also traveling to Rwanda and Kenya), I made my way to Alaska. The scale of the wilderness and the unique lifestyle is unlike anywhere else, and being there brought me deeper into the realm of mountaineering, climbing and skiing which I combine with photography.
Passion and life have become one. Depending on the season I live in a dry cabin in Alaska and a van in Canada with my partner, pursuing Alpinism and photography.
I am excited to share my work with you and I hope you see something here that you find beautiful and inspiring.