My interest in visual art goes back to my early childhood. I’ve dabbled in art -be it drawing, painting or otherwise- since before I can even remember. It wasn’t until 2011, when I moved to Singapore, that my interest in photography began to bud, though. I knew I’d be doing a great deal of traveling while I was there, so I decided to invest in a decent camera setup to document my travels. The more I traveled, the more I realized that my camera was not only an invaluable artistic tool, but it was a way of seeing things
I’ve shot in 20 countries.
In terms of style, I prefer contrasty images with bright highlights and moody shadows to tell the story of a subject and setting. When photographing people, my primary goal is to capture who they are. I rely heavily upon a connection with my subjects and an instinct for reading body language to guide the timing and composition of my shots. The end result is something that feels organic and authentic -something that will stand the test of time.
While there are endless possibilities for photo projects/destinations that I am interested in, these are a few that stand out to me. If you know of anything that you think should be on this list, let me know! The more I travel, the longer the list gets -and that’s a good thing!
While I love taking beautiful images of the things I see, I enjoy visual storytelling even more. Here are a few projects that I am determined to photograph.
- Sea Gypsy Culture- Ever since I had my first encounter with sea gypsies while traveling in Southern Philippines, I’ve been fascinated with their way of life. There are sea gypsy cultures found throughout the world. All of them are interesting but I think that the Bajau Laut, found in the waters between Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are perhaps the most fascinating of all.
- Reindeer Herders- My first encounter with the Sami people, found the arctic regions between Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia, was in the pages of a National Geographic article I read as a kid. I’ve been fascinated with them ever since.
- Kazakh Eagle Hunters- Because few things in this world are more beautiful than a partnership between man and animal. This is perhaps the most magnificent example of this in stunning surroundings with a beautiful culture.
- Yin Bu Fisherman- Pretty much for the same reason as above. The practice of fishing with birds is dying due to rapid modernization in China, and I would love to document the practice before it goes away altogether.
- Silk Road Trail- A long-time bucketlist item of mine. I’m fascinated with the history, people, and landscapes of the Silk Road Trail. I’ve long envisioned and even planned an epic adventure traveling from Southern China to Turkey by land.
- Incan Trail- If one were to compile a list of the world’s most epic journeys, the Incan Trail is certainly near the top of the list.
- The Great Himalayan Trail- My trip to Nepal only inflated my interest in the Himalayan region. I believe it is one of the most interesting and beautiful regions of the world.
- Crossing the Sahara- I’ve long been fascinated by the region. This is a toughy, no doubt about it, but it would be amazing.
Again, I’m all about visual storytelling. These are some topics that I would love to be involved with:
- Humanitarian Projects
- Tribal/Ethnic Preservation
- Wildlife/Nature Conservation
- Tibet: top of my wishlist since I was a kid.
- Bhutan: Part of my fascination with Himalayan culture
- Mongolia: Again, childhood fascination
- Khazakstan: Part of my fascination with Central Asia
- China: Gobi Desert, Szechuan/Yunnan Provinces…many
- Japan: Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji
- Ethiopia: Omo Valley
- Namibia: Namib Desert
- Madagascar: Avenue of Baobabs, Tsingy de Bemahara, Ranomafana
- Oman: Musandam Peninsula
- Yemen: Socatra, Highlands
This list could go on for days…