It was in 1969 that I picked up my first camera, a Yashica Electro 35 which was one of the most popular consumer 35mm cameras of the time. I used this camera as a way of momentarily distracting me from the realities I faced each day as a Medevac Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam. I found that the pictures that I was taking of the people and places that I visited helped to create for me a much needed form of escapism, even if for a moment.
During my 40-year career as a Physician Assistant my sense of adventure and altruism took me to many places where God afforded me many opportunities to hone my photographic skills so that I could professionally share some of what I have seen on my life’s adventure. The path that I was given put me on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, in Sudan, the Soviet Union, Brazil, and around the Pacific Northwest. It over this time that I made the transition from film to digital photography.
In January of 1994 having spent two week in Los Angeles involved in disaster response efforts following the Northridge earthquake, I felt that I could better serve these types of efforts by coupling my training and work in emergency preparedness with my skills as a photographer. By doing this I could provide pertinent and sensitive images that could be used for internal informational and educational purposes by Federal, State, Local, and Tribal agencies and organizations.
Among some of the recipients of my work have been the White House, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, National Disaster Medical System, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Center for Asymmetric Warfare, and various law enforcement and emergency management agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Between 2013 and 2015 I served as the photographer for both the Northwest and the National Tribal Emergency Management Councils.
Although I found the the Documentary work was important and essential, after moving to Whidbey Island in 2014 I felt compelled to return to my core values as a photographer and again turn my lens on nature and interesting places to image. My goal since then is to provide those who see my work as a place where their thoughts and soul can freely wander. Like with any photograph that is seen, the viewer is provided a deeper and wider view of the world that we all live in.
Enjoy Your Life,