I would describe myself as a seeker, a storyteller, and a design lover. I am passionate, imaginative, and creative. But I suffer from a personality disorder….I am also a perfectionist. My photography career has allowed me to turn this dispositional dysfunction into a successful career. I have been photographing architecture for 20 years – 10 of those in China and Asia. I specialize in large scale projects, airports, transportation, and convention centers. I have a successful track record photographing luxury hotels and resorts, glass buildings, super tall buildings, and interiors.
I am an optimist. I see the world not as it is, but as it can be. I try to express this in my photography.
I consider myself a designer who uses a camera. There is an intent and a plan behind every photograph I create. My goal is to design images that make a lasting impression – one that causes the viewer to pause, to engage, and to remember.
“I begin every photographic assignment by “listening”. I want to know what inspired your design and why you made it look the way it does. And importantly, what does it feel like to you. The rest is an interactive process beginning with observing then seeing, perceiving then pre-visualizing, and finally designing and producing the photographs. In the end, my mission is to create dynamic images that faithfully articulate the architect’s vision in a unique and powerful way.”
My career as a professional photographer has expanded and evolved over the decades. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism I worked as a freelance photo journalist. I won several awards for my documentary work. A local story on Georgia Blues Players garnered national press awards and international exposure.
I opened the first of four photography studios shooting people, models, musicians, food, hi-tech products, industrial products, and jewelry. In the late 80’s I opened a larger advertising photography studio in Atlanta. I had become an expert in “paint with light” photography. My photography was in demand by major corporations and advertising agencies. It won gold medals at advertising awards shows. But digital imaging came in like a tsunami, and overnight my in-camera special effects and light painting techniques were no longer in high demand. I vowed to quit the business.
But fate stepped in - an architect asked me to photograph his projects for his new website. It was enlightening. I was not stuck in a dark studio, but travelling and working outside and using my eye for composition and my lighting expertise to create exceptional photos of architectural design. For the last 20 years, my passion has been focused on bringing design to light in my photography of architecture and interiors.
I came to China in 2009, and I have lived and worked here for the last ten years. My clients are architects and hotels with projects in China, Asia and the Middle East.