“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
From Sleeping With Ghosts : A Life's Work in Photography by Don McCullin
I haven’t done much conflict photography in my career, and pretty much stopped taking those kinds of risks when I had kids, but acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin’s quote above has always stayed with me. Photography has always been about getting close to my subjects, in any situation, and being intimate and comfortable with them so I can work effectively to document their lives, work and struggles. I bring that attitude to all my photography, whether it was my earliest work documenting young Cambodian refugees in street gangs in the United States, to covering the last days of the Cambodian civil war in the late 1990s, or today, photographing in a factory or office here in Seattle. To be a great story teller you must get close, understand your subjects, make them comfortable and create images that are authentic, natural and engaging and when necessary, be willing to take risks to create truly unique work.
Born in Switzerland & raised in the UK, I am a versatile editorial, commercial and corporate photographer now based in Seattle, Washington, after working out of Bangkok, Tokyo and Paris for 15 years. I've traveled and worked in over 40 countries and my work has been shown at the prestigious Visa Pour l'Image festival in France, the Reportage and Foto Freo festivals in Australia, the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia and the Wing Luke Asian Museum here in Seattle. I have photographed for The New York Times for over 20 years and since 2011 worked on contract for Fortune Magazine providing photography coverage at their Brainstorm Tech, Most Powerful Women & Global Forum conferences. I was recently featured on Arirang TV's In Frame series in South Korea, in two episodes, Port of Contrasts and Islands of Life.
After what feels like a lifetime of constantly moving, I am now settled in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood with my wife Jennifer and our two daughters, Zoe and Phoebe. "Mayberry with the occasional drunk fishermen" is how I describe life in Ballard, the former sleepy fishing village turned boomtown.
CORPORATE - Alaska Airlines, Bentley Motors, Bombardier, Cargill, Carlyle Group, CBS, Concur Technologies, Federal Express, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Microsoft Studios, Morgan Stanley, NBBJ Architects, Prudential, Pure Insurance, Pushpay, Prudential, Schindler Group, Schultz Family Foundation, Shell Oil, Site Workshop, Stanley Tools, Stoel Rives, Tax Credit Group, Vigor Industrial, Walker Macy, Whitepages.com
EDITORIAL - Bloomberg, Boston Globe, CNN.com, El Mundo, Figaro, Focus, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, Geo, Life Magazine, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Ross School of Business, The Independent, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, US News Magazine, Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Aera Magazine, Mainichi Shimbun, Union Privilege, Stern Magazine.
Lots of it. Some shinny and new, some well-worn but steadfast. Mostly Nikon, with a couple of D850 bodies with 45.7 megapixel sensors and huge 8,256 × 5,504 pixel files. A D810 as backup and a couple of D4's gathering dust somewhere.
Lots of prime lenses, because real photographers wish they could only work with them! Bowen location lights, lots of Manfrotto stands & tripods. Plus I never go anywhere without gaffer's tape, clips and a knife, because good photographers are prepared for anything.