I was given my first really nice camera by my parents while I was in high school and spent lots of afternoons taking pictures while walking the dog in the woods. Photography fell to the side in college, though, since I was taking classes in pretty much every other subject except the arts. For the next few years my time was taken up by my teaching career and it wasn’t until I started teaching history at a school in Singapore that my new, exotic surroundings made me want to record everything!
My Christmas present to myself that year was a Nikon D90; I have traveled with it to more than a dozen countries so far and I plan to carry it along to dozens more. My trips around Southeast Asia reignited my passion for photography and curiosity about the different cultures, religions, and environments around the world. It’s that passion and curiosity that has brought me to my current home in the United Arab Emirates and has me traveling the Middle East. Deep down I will always be a teacher, so I hope that my experiences and pictures will allow me to teach others about different cultures and inspire them to do what they’re passionate about, as well.
As for my style, mainly I focus on capturing moments in the world around me, although I enjoy portraiture and shoots out in nature, as well. Finding the time to create new material has been difficult lately since I’m still a full-time teacher and have part-time work, as well, but it’s all about saving money to hit the road again as soon as possible to give my camera more exercise.
The Basic Bio:
Born in Flint, Michigan and raised outside Grand Rapids. Attended University of Michigan as a history major/biology minor then earned my teaching certificate in history and science at Eastern Michigan. Taught science in Chicago and Michigan (at my old high school, no less), and for Johns Hopkins Univ’s Center for Talented Youth before moving to Singapore to teach humanities. Currently, I’m head of the science department at a school in Abu Dhabi, UAE. My other activities have included volunteering at the Humane Society, taking spin and yoga classes, running marathons and obstacle races, playing volleyball and dodgeball, reading, and enjoying local beers and vegetarian food.