I was slightly sunburned, without shade in ninety degree temps, running uphill on one of my local go-to trails when it dawned on me; not only am I happiest, but I perform the best when I am in a slight bit of discomfort. I thought about it more, and it made a lot of sense. Why else would I continue to choose to live out of a bag? Or travel to some of the more remote villages in developing nations furthest from home? Sleep on hard ground? Or run uphill in the heat? Simple: that's when I feel most alive.
A tinge of tribulation reminds me that it is all part of the experience, and that the best things in life are worth the effort. In finding a certain level of comfort in being uncomfortable, I found an ease to the struggle and a beautiful vantage point to view the world.
It is this view that I share with my photography. It is the moment of joy in a dismal situation. It's rice and beans and a cold shower, as well as the well-deserved luxuries. It's charging hard and fast so you can slow down and take it easy. It is the moment that just passed by, not lingering long enough for you to notice. And that moment when everything sinks in far enough down to settle into your very foundation. It is the simplest of things.
It is a refined grit.
I was taught entirely on film, but made the transition to an all digital workflow before graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. Having gained the ability to couple technical skill with creative vision, I specialize in location photography using minimal set up. I love to laugh and live to love, always having fun and making the most out of everything I do.