Interview by Tiffany Reed Briley
Can you tell us about your background? Have you always been a photographer and if not, how did you come to be a professional photographer?
No, I wasn’t always a photographer. My father was an amateur photographer, and so was one of my older brothers, so I’m sure that had something to do with it. When I got into my teens and early 20s my interest in nature started really developing. I began hiking, climbing, and looking for wildlife. I took up photography as a way to document and show the beautiful things I was seeing in nature. That is really how I got started and that was in my early 20’s.
Had you always known that you would become a photographer?
I had other jobs, but nothing I would call a career. I had dabbled in other artistic pursuits, including fiction writing and painting. I think I was searching for some kind of creative outlet and those didn’t stick for whatever reason, but photography did. Photography seemed to fit me better than some of the other things I had tried. I tell people that the only reason I succeeded in photography (to whatever degree I have) is because ...