My photographs are meant to be a bridge between cultures and to express the universal human spirit. On a more personal level, they are my spiritual journey. A journey that opens the door into many diverse cultures.
I am driven by my curiosity, sense of adventure and desire to explore unknown corners of the world. I was a traveler long before I was a photographer. Discovering the world has been a life long personal journey of soul-searching and self-discovery. Recording what I see has given me an increased empathy and connection to the world.
Camera in hand I've traveled to seven continents and more than one hundred countries, never hesitating to return to my favorite destinations. My passion remains The Far East and in particular the Buddhist areas that border the great Himalayan Mountain range.
My interest in photography grew out of my wish to record what I witnessed during my journeys to different cultures. That wish motivated me to document people and their everyday life, especially in marginalized communities. Stepping into the shoes of others was something I could only imagine. My camera changed that and serves as a bridge, not a barrier, to my subject allowing me to record hope and despair as well as the beauty and conflict of the world.
My passion is photographing people and their environments. I love roaming the streets, moving in close to my subject, capturing fleeting moments. Photography helps me search deeply and intensely for expression and connection with my subject even in the darkest of circumstances. Looking into the eyes of others has served as my own reflection and helped me realize that we all share one world with similar dreams and aspirations.
Interacting with strangers is one of the greatest gifts photography has given me. Traveling and welcoming the unknown has changed my life for the better. Based on what I have witnessed during my travels I know that every person can make a difference for good in this world. Even the biggest dreams and most ambitious goals begin with the actions of individuals, often beyond our own borders.
For me, being involved in non-government charity work on behalf of women and children worldwide added purpose and meaning to my life and photography. I have never been more proud or fulfilled than I was when I co-founded and served as the chair of Care's Women's Initiative. I’ve witnessed the work of CARE and Women’s World Banking in the developing world and know the power and impact they can make on a community. When I combined my love of travel and photography to benefit humanity, everything changed and my life came together.
My camera and my curiosity have led me off the beaten path.The journey is often more important than the image to me. My lens has allowed me to look inside the lives of others and blur the differences.The person I am today reflects my experiences in the places I have traveled and the people I have met along the way.