speaker . writer . coach . consultant . photographer
As an endurance athlete I’ve been ‘moving forward’ for most of my life—literally. My passion of sharing my experiences and the way in which I offer them up, has continued to broadly expand and evolve consistently over time. And in the past few years I’ve engaged more fully in capturing visual imagery.
I started as a runner, then raced triathlon professionally for ten years before segueing into, adventure racing, ultra running and mountaineering. I’ve raced, adventured and explored in about 70 countries, the more remote and exotic the location, the more enticing. I am incessantly curious and enjoy pushing myself physically in nature. In part because I thrive in foreign travel and in remote geography and prefer to use a self propelled means of arriving at a village or compelling landscape via a race or adventure.
My biggest passion is to then share my experiences through my writing, speaking and photography. While traveling I can usually be found offering my story on my site blog or as a guest blogger, sending text and images from a desert, jungle, airport, or tent. I could write a stand alone piece based on the unusual places from which I’ve blogged (or slept).
I’ve slowed down the pace of my adventures in the past several years enough to develop a love relationship with image capturing. I started with a tiny camera I could tuck into a neoprene pouch on the front of my backpack while running, and over the years have significantly graduated my gear. Now I allow myself time behind the camera to develop an intimacy with my surroundings. I can hike to a remote village, click a moment of the journey and leave. Or, I can fully engage with the people, structures and surrounding area, dissecting my intrigue with the new place via the lens. Not only has the latter become increasingly satisfying, I then get to share my expanded journey visual capturing with you.
So much of my photography (as with my writing) has a story of a moment, a place or a journey behind it and is a means for me to enrich my experience and relationship with time and space. I can lose myself into my time behind my camera or in writing about a journey, just as I can lose myself to the motion of a long run in the redwoods. All meditative, expanding and rewarding and for distinctly different reasons.
I use a Nikon camera, mostly Nikon lenses and sometimes if it’s available a Manfrotto carbon tripod. I rely a lot on natural light when I am on the move. Currently I am most curious about capturing reality (as I see it) so my images are minimally edited. I have been playing more with black & white and sepia and use various fine art papers on which to print.