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I find my inspiration in transcendent moments when engaged with nature and the elements.
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    Straub Collaborative — Portland, OR, USA
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I've seen and done things, I've made mistakes and been the hero. I've called home Santiago, Vail, Jackson Hole. I've received two bachelor degrees yet the greatest education I ever had was tending bar.

I've skied nearly 70 days a year for a decade and surfed deserted Mexican beaches at sunrise. I have wrapped Chr… Read More
I've seen and done things, I've made mistakes and been the hero. I've called home Santiago, Vail, Jackson Hole. I've received two bachelor degrees yet the greatest education I ever had was tending bar.

I've skied nearly 70 days a year for a decade and surfed deserted Mexican beaches at sunrise. I have wrapped Christmas trees for a living and lived in a kitchen pantry with a water heater as a room mate. These things also taught me well, for they allowed me to live close to the earth... free of financial binds, and ready to roam with the change of the season.

Over the course of my life, I have seen mountain and desert in 34 countries. I have challenged myself to live beyond the confines I was told to have as a consumer. For many years, I was happy with this. I thought that the only true reality was the one you accepted. Thus I was free to live in a care free place where the only thing I sought was to experience the wonder of Nature's elements, and the mystery of the universe in the evening sky. I soon however became unsettled. I was after all living in my reality while others were stuck in theirs- made up, passed down, believed in despite all rational thought. So I left the isolation of my mountain town, returned to the city and mass society called America, far from the crags where I was surrounded by others like me.

It is because I hope through photography, I can help others see the other side of life, the one they aren't told of- that rewards a carefree yet conscious life close to the earth. If after all, life was all you were told it was on TV... and that was all you knew, how could you be satisfied? How could I live in my own world knowing it's not? Read Less
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