Our environment is what sustains us. It gives us life, oxygen, water, food. It can also bring destruction and despair. Our impact on ecosystems around the world have a lasting effects, some which we are just now beginning to see.
These images tell a story, one of beauty and preservation, and another of disruption and disregard. My intent is to shine a light on changes- good and bad, that will affect our planet for generations to come.
(Genus Pongo) San Diego Wild Animal Park, CA
Facing near extinction from extreme habitat loss, these highly intelligent and gentle primates are native to Indonesia and Malaysia, but currently only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
Tea Fields - Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Tea (Camellia sinensis) plants cover the hillside in the mountains of Malaysia.
Mekong River Delta, Vietnam
Space is precious along the water. Food, trade and transportation are more accessible here, but pollution threatens the health of the river and the residents both.
Delta wildife like Irrawaddy dolphins and fish populations are suffering from human waste and trash refuse, plastic, oil and industrial runoff.
Oil Pumpjack Orange County, California
The focus of my photography for many years, wildlife photography demands patience and an understanding of your subject to get the right shot. Wild animals can be as unpredictable as they are amazing, which only adds to the thrill. Unfortunately, wild spaces and habitat are disappearing making these opportunites even more rare.
Striped Blue Crow Butterfly
(Euploea mulciber mulciber)
Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
San Diego, California
The California State marine fish, the Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus), is common along the west coast from Monterey Bay to Guadalupe Island in Baja California, Mexico.
Inspiring images from my travels, these photographs captured me as much as I captured them. From Southeast Asia, to island nations, these far-away places are as close to me as my back yard.
Ankor Wat Temple
Built in the 12th century, the Angkor temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site complex that was once the largest pre-industrial city in the world covering over 390 square miles (close to the size of modern-day Los Angeles).
Mojave Desert, CA
Snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains peek from the desert horizon by this lone Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in the Mojave Desert.
Codrington College, Barbados
A wooden crucifix is hung over the entrance arch of Codrington College on the island of Barbados. The oldest Theological college in the western hemisphere, this Catholic school conjures up Italian architecture and beautiful ocean views.
Forbidden City - Hue, Vietnam
Located in Hue, Vietnam- the Imperial Forbidden City located inside the citadel was only accessible to emperors, concubines and guests of royalty.
Covering more than 71% of our earths surface, water supplies us with life. Most of the oxygen we breathe is created in the ocean, and it is home to the greatest number of species on the planet.
I have always loved the water, from SCUBA diving to surfing, it drew me to live near coasts and bays for most of my life. Both a calming element and a force of power, water is ever changing.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Navigating their way through the limestone formations of Halong Bay, fisherman net the waters for cuttlefish and shrimp.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Boats and floating houses congregate near Cat Ba Island on Vietnam's Halong Bay.
Daily life is different across cultures, regions, and classes. These images explore the stories of people from around the world.
Hand at Chess
Players strategize over their next moves during a Chinese chess game at Ngoc Son Temple.
S-21 Prison, Cambodia
An orange-robed monk tours the second floor of cells of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Largely untouched since being liberated by the Vietnamese Army in 1979, Security Prison 21 (S-21) was converted from Chao Ponhea Yat High School into a torture prison by the ruling Khmer Rouge. A metal bed frame complete with shackles and torture instruments remain within each interrogation/torture room. One can even observe the blood-stained floors.
An estimated 17,000+ people passed through this prison between 1975 and 1979 with anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 prisoners at a time. Many of the tortured prisoners were later transported to Choeung Ek (also known as The Killing Fields) where they were executed with crude instruments and buried in mass graves.
Taxi Driver Dominos
Taxi drivers pass the time in town under a shaded game table.
Reed Boat Girl
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Just offshore on Peru's side of Lake Titicaca is Uros, a cluster of artificial floating islands constructed of reeds. The population sustains itself on these Totora (Schoenoplectus californicus ssp. tatora) reeds, utilizing them for food, shelter, and floating rafts and boats.
Cyclos are a way of life in Vietnam, with these pedal powered carriers delivering people and goods to market.
Rambutan Vendor Can Tho Floating Market, Vietnam
This floating market is one of Vietnam's largest, with hundreds of boats carrying various produce and goods.
Living in raised houses above their livestock, this Karen village in the mountains of Thailand bordering Myanmar (formerly Burma) is home to about 40 families.
In my travels I have met and witnessed stories painted on the faces of people. These images portray more than just a portrait of an individual, but are a deeper reflection into their lives, their circumstances, and their charachter.
Karen Elder - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Located in the Northern Mountains of Thailand, Chiang Rai is surrounded by forested hills and valleys far from the cities leaving traditions intact.