Whether in my everyday life or on my travels, I find so many things around me to be beautiful. With my work I try to capture the beauty that I see and present it so that someone viewing that image can feel what I felt in that moment. My greatest pleasure is seeing someone react to my work and knowing that they are experiencing the same emotions I had when I took the photograph.
My photographs do not take critical views of things or people. They just capture images that make life a little bit more pleasant and more hopeful, a bit sweeter and more peaceful. However, it’s not just aesthetics. There is usually more to the story that can be learned by looking a little closer. For example, the wrinkles on an old woman’s face show that she has survived all that life has thrown her way, but her smile shows her love of that life and an inner peace she has achieved. A crooked old tree in a beautifully manicured garden shows its long struggle for winning the right to stay where it is, which deepens the beauty of that garden.
I don’t artificially manufacture scenes to achieve the images I desire—I just never stop looking for beauty as I live my life. Of course, this means that I never go to the beach or mountains without my camera, just so that I don’t miss something wonderful that I might encounter while I’m there.×