At a very young age, I was fascinated by my father’s stories of traveling as a photographer in the military. He taught me how to see things from the journalist’s perspective and he taught me how to find, compose capture and develop my photography on his old “F series” Nikon bodies. These were great cameras. But once digital technology hit the scene I knew that I was going to finally be able to start developing my own style.
I always saw world travel and photojournalism as quite a good fit. So when I got the chance to do it myself, I put photography back at the forefront of my life and it really took off form there. In college I got a degree in journalism with an focus on photography and on every semester break I would take off to a new country and test out what I had learned in my classes. I would write and take photos of what I hoped would turn out to be the insider’s perspective on a new culture in a new place. I tried to capture an element of native flare in all my work and hoped to tie into my writing the ideas and issues that face the locals of those communities.
Since 2005, I have been riding my bike and traveling around the world — constantly chasing after that same point of view; capturing it through my journals. And in my photography, I am chasing after that “slice of life” piece that captures a story surrounding its subject. I like having my photos be able to stand alone without the need for the back story. But as a writer, I just can’t help but to actually tell the story along with all my work. I get so much more satisfaction and fulfillment out of bringing the real details of the shot into the limelight. The time, the place, the remarkable events leading up to that shot — in
some cases, even the shot specs: the exposure, the aperture, the ISO and so on. See my online gallery of photography here.
All told, my travels have taken me through Canada, Alaska, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Borneo, Brunei Darussalem, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau and all over the U.S. I have ridden my bike more than 14,000 miles in pursuit of this broadening horizon. And I don’t see a stopping point any time soon.
In fact, since 2005, I’ve researched historical locations; lived with indigenous hill tribes in northern Vietnam; studied ancient temples in Cambodia, made short and feature length documentary films in the U.S., Philippines, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau; published 12 non-fiction books; and produced more than 75,000 images across 68 galleries in my catalog of photography.
And because of my new exploits into videography, I have produced four feature length documentary films and a brand new label, the Travel Geek. My first film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines aired on Fil/Am TV Channel 31 Los Angeles throughout 2012, and has a regular cycle in 2013. My documentary covering Hong Kong & Macau has been a huge success on YouTube. And my film, Travel Geek: Documentary Taiwan is my longest and most dedicated documentary to date, covering 9 months of filming, 70 hours of footage and 114 GB of data edited down over nearly 3 months.
Already this year (2013), I have released my fourth film, Travel Geek: Documentary Singapore, which has landed me a spot on IMDB.com, the world’s most prestigious movie database. And by the end of this year I will be releasing my fifth and most anticipated film so far, Travel Geek: Documentary Malaysia. In it, I will be covering the crown of Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and Brunei. It will be released in a three-part series and should be available around the end of the year.
So stay tuned for more great stories from all over the globe. And be sure to visit the Contact page to touch base, send suggestions and see what else I am doing on the web (YouTube, Facebook, etc.).
Not all who wander are lost, I once read. For me, the quest is the journey.
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