Member of the Month March 2017
Since I was a little boy, I dreamed of traveling “around the world” to learn about and get to know people and places that were mysterious to me. There was a time, in the midst of raising a family and building a career, I feared that dream might be out of reach. But fortunately, sometimes, good things come to those who wait, and in 1998 Sony Pictures TV sent me to live in Hong Kong to work across China and Southeast Asia supervising television production. I had traveled throughout Europe, on multiple occasions, but had never been to Asia so the immersive experience opened a whole new world to me. It was while living in Hong Kong I started tinkering with photography, something I studied in my undergraduate days but had been too busy to pursue since.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, to resume a more normal life, I found that the travel bug had set its teeth in me, compelling me to take annual trips to far away places. The wanderlust came first but was followed by a desire to make photographs of my travel experience. In 2007 Sony Pictures TV sent me overseas again, this time to work in Moscow, Russia for three years. It was then that photography began to take on a new importance for me. I was determined to learn to make better photographs so when I retired (the first time) and moved home, I went back to school.
My approach to travel photography comes from the point-of-view of a street photographer and a documentarian. While I no longer have the luxury of immersion in the countries I visit, I try to photograph people in the context of their day-to-day lives. My photography follows the desire I had as a little boy to unwind the mystery around foreign people and foreign lands.