Although I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have always been fascinated by indigenous cultures. I spent nearly a decade living abroad and photographing indigenous people and landscapes around the globe. Immersing myself in diverse cultures has made me more aware of the complexities of the human condition. I am particularly fascinated by the juxtaposition of ancient and modern that both clash and merge in a continuous evolving stream. Often we forget that our neighbors, although different from us, are swimming in the same soup as we are. Perhaps, if we can see the humanity in one-another, we can open our minds up to mutually-empowering solutions that work for everyone involved. For me, the camera serves to slow down time and helps me focus my attention on what is actually happening around me. I am constantly surprised that, in the midst of chaos there are moments of order, sublime moments, that transcend daily concerns. Things line up and fall apart, they change every second. When I am truly focused on the moment, composition becomes effortless. If I am lucky, the humanity of my subject emerges as if to remind me that we are all in this together.