From my father, a WWII veteran and retired FBI Agent, I acquired a sense of duty to serve others while my mother, a professional musician, set fire to my passion for art and music. Those seemingly diverse influences have profoundly shaped my life and art. Unlike many photographers, I didn’t study art or film in college, and have no real training in photography. I developed my passion for photographing people while traveling a different path. After graduating from West Point, I served as an Army Ranger for five years, and have been an FBI Agent for over 23 years. My professional life often exposed me to humanity’s ugly side, but in the ugliness I found its beauty. Tolstoy taught we can't appreciate peace without war. I recognize the goodness in humanity because I have seen its darker side.