I believe it was Ansel Adams who said that there are always two people in every photograph - the photographer and the person viewing it. My photography is a reflection of myself; the places I have been, the things I have seen, and the way I observe the world around me. I am not an idle bystander to life, and have chosen through most of my adult years to capture what I can through film (and now bytes) in the way I perceive that world. For me, the world is wide and narrow, large and small, straight-forward and abstract; I choose to attempt in my own way to record each moment in a manner worthy of demonstrating what sparked my initial curiosity to pause and admire the view in the first place. There are no boring moments.
I consider myself a photographer because of the way I view and share the world. I see everything as a composition; the light, contrast and tone that makes every part of the world an interesting place to be. Life is fascinating, and my goal is to share the reasons I find it so throughout each moment of time and space I am fortunate enough to occupy when it chooses to reveal itself in such a way. The only bad moments are those I see without camera in hand. It is an obsession, and perfection is less important than the moment.
Laundry Day - Kabul, Afghanistan
Child Safety - Kabul, Afghanistan
Chopping Wood - Kabul, Afghanistan
Elvis has left the building - Las Vegas
Gifted, Grateful, Guaranteed - Las Vegas
Helping Hand - Pakistan Border, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Traffic Circle Beggar - Kabul, Afghanistan
Court Jester - Mardi Gras, El Paso, Texas
Sidewalk Style - Washington, DC
Smoke and Walk - Las Vegas
Steam Police - Washington, DC
Two Men and a Crosswalk - Washington, DC
Ahh, people. I enjoy portraiture and occasionally engage in portrait photography for the right person or cause (I do a lot of charity work when I can). As a product of my environment as most people tend to be, I prefer to photograph people in theirs as much as possible, but am more than willing to break out the lights and backdrops.
Ironically and despite ten years of active duty in the United States Army plus another 15 or so as a reservist, my time at war came as a civilian to Iraq in 2008, and again to Afghanistan in 2012. I wasn't there as a photographer, but always had a camera available when conditions permitted to document my time abroad while attempting to do my part to aid in the reconstruction of both countries during active conflict.