I have been taking photographs of the expanses, details and stories of the world in
which I have been blessed to interact for as long as I can remember. My
grandmother was a source of great inspiration for our family, not only to get out and
see the wonder and majesty of the world around us, but to also capture those
discoveries and moments on film; a means to forever remember and to share with
others the experiences of our travels throughout life and this land we have the
privilege of exploring. I have followed her example, and absorbed her philosophy
establishing the importance of seeing as many of the unique characteristics,
compositions, annals and instances that occur in the natural and built environment as
one can in a lifetime.

For most of my life, the images I captured while experiencing the world through a
viewfinder merely documented where I had been and the things I had seen. Although
the product may have been pleasing to the eye, the intent of the photograph was
lacking in depth and purpose. Recently, I have been more intentional about the
entire process of creating a photo, which has transformed my shallow records of a
time and a place into perceptive devices with the potential to incite emotion and
provoke thought. From the initial notion of the specific journey, to the preparation
and planning of the adventure, to the setup and conceptualization of the scene, to
the action of capturing light and the process of turning the frame into an entity that
reveals the story and the sentiment, I now immerse myself in the complete
procedure that transforms a one-dimensional piece into a dynamic work of art.

The complete and intentional procedure has enabled me to open my senses to the
matchless impression of the subject, immerse myself in the photograph, and add my
own creativity and character to the narrative. Not only am I able to better appreciate
the experience and the capture, others who view the composition are also able to
achieve a more profound understanding of the account. My goal is to continue to
experience everything this world has to offer, and produce images to share those
experiences and convey my emotion and the insight I was able to gain throughout
the entire process.
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