My fascination with photography began as a teenager when I received Yoshikazu Shirakawa’s book Eternal America as a gift. The photographs in that book made a lasting impression on me, and years later inspired my first trip West to see the great American landscapes and wilderness firsthand. I was so taken with the grandeur and beauty that I returned annually until I moved permanently to California in 2000.
I spent much of my spare time hiking the parks and wilderness of California and the Southwest and soon began photographing my journeys. Inspired by the work of Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe and other landscape masters, I set out with my camera to capture the beauty and wonder that I experienced in my travels. My photographs have since appeared in Digital Photo Magazine, Backpacker Magazine and have won several awards including second prize in the 2009 Ansel Adams Gallery Photo Contest and the California State Parks Foundation 2010 Photo of the year. In 2012 I released my first ebook, The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge.
About the Photographs
My photographs are not intended to represent the subjects exactly as they were, but as an interpretation of my experience and how I felt when I was there. While staying true to the essence of the scene, I use digital editing tools to enhance color, contrast and light in the image. In photo illustrations I combine multiple exposures and perform more extensive edits to create an alternate image where some of the reality is removed, resulting in an artistic interpretation that is a cross between a painting, illustration and a photograph.
As part of my ongoing commitment to preserving the remaining undeveloped American wilderness, 10% of the purchase price of all prints sold is donated to organizations that work to protect these unspoiled areas.