I live with my wife and three daughters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We moved here in 2010 after living in Japan for the previous eight years. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in International Relations (1989), and completed a M.A. in Crosscultural Studies at the Fuller School of Intercultural Studies in Pasadena, California (1998). I lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for a total of 15 years, including several years working in professionally in social work and as a volunteer with a church-based youth program in the inner-city.
I’m a self-taught photographer. I discovered my love of photography in college when a friend taught me how to develop my own black and white pictures in a darkroom on campus. Recently, I’ve begun to work more with video–a sign of the times. I completed a 20 minute video in 2013 to raise awareness of best practices in the care of orphaned and vulnerable children, and I am developing a website to continue my advocacy in this area. (Watch for a link when the video and website launch in May, 2013.)
My wife and I started Project Friends in 2008 and serve as the directors in Cambodia. It’s a small non-profit based in Japan offering immersive educational programs in Cambodia (project-friends.org). I’m also working with older youth transitioning from an orphanage to independence.
Contact me if you have questions. I am available for selected assignments, and I’m always interested in opportunities to publish or display my work.