On June 19, 2002, I rode my bicycle out of the parking lot of a Subway restaurant located at the corner of Route 126 and the Pacific Ocean in Florence, Oregon. I headed east. 4,506 miles later, I dipped my wheels into the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the town that I grew up in, Milford, Connecticut. It was an epic adventure and a life clarifying experience.
Before I began the ride, my life was consumed with the near 24/7 pressures of working in the world of a Silicon Valley startup. I needed a break. I wanted more out of life than work and the blind pursuit of career advancement, but I felt trapped. Then, at the too-young age of 61, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He spent his life consumed with work while holding the belief that one day, he'll be able to slow down and enjoy his retirement. Sadly, that never happened. I decided to change course and take my life down a different path. I quit my job, put all of my belongings in storage and bought a bike.
When I started my ride, I thought it was going to be all about overcoming the challenges of the road while enjoying the beauty and diversity of the landscape. Quickly, I discovered it was so much more. While the landscapes were stunning, it was the people that I met along the way that made things interesting. When you ride across the country by yourself, everyone wants to talk to you, they all want to know your story and tell you theirs. Yes, the scenery was beautiful, but engaging and interacting with the people is what brought texture and meaning to my ride. It is that philosophy that now guides my approach to life and photography.
I am passionate in my pursuit to better understand people, their culture, and the environment in which they live. I believe that people are people no matter where we come from or how much money we have. We all share the common bond of humanity. When I chose to follow the path less traveled, I chose to pursue a life of texture, richness and meaning. In photography, my goal is similar. I strive to capture the complexity and commonality of the human experience across all cultures and environments. My aim is to use photography to help broaden understanding and empathy for those who need help the most. My belief is that if we can more fully appreciate others and the struggles caused by where they come from, then we can slowly begin to progress.
I currently live in San Francisco with my wife and 4 1/2 year old son.