Photography has been my serious avocation for many years starting at age 11 in Tokyo, Japan where I won my first open contest. My objective is for my images to tell a story, individually and collectively, around a theme. Depending on the theme, I also want my images to reflect beauty, which comes in many forms. In the past 10 or so years, I have had numerous exhibitions and have also lectured about the subject matter as a way of enhancing the insight and understanding of world cultures and people to my audiences. People attending my exhibitions often tell me that they wish they could crawl into the image or to visit the location someday. That is a great compliment.