A jeweller working at the back of his store, SÈgou, Mali.
As a child, stamps were my window unto to the world. I would step through them and travel to these vistas in my mind’s eye. When I became an adult, I followed in these imaginary footsteps. They led me to travel around the world through the lens of a camera. Upon my many returns, I shared these travels with my friends and family. I took great satisfaction in showing them the people and culture of foreign lands. It was then I discovered then I wanted to bring the world to others, to evoke memories and emotions through the power of a single image. I had come full circle. And so, I embarked on a visual journey. Wild and open spaces call to me. When you are standing alone in nature, there is a sense of connection to something beyond yourself. We often forget that as humans we are inextricably linked to the natural world. As a photographer, I feel privy to this connection when I am out in the wild. As I continued to perfect my craft, exhibitions and articles in photography magazines followed. I realized that a great picture is a story in and of itself. It’s not something that you perceive, but rather just pulls you in without warning. However, there was more awaiting me on the horizon. In 1991, I crossed over into a new world: digital filmmaking. I was intrigued by the possibilities of computers as a visual creation tool. I delved into animation and computer graphics. Since then, I have labored on some of the highest profile films of the last couple of years. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0756280/ Through crafting realistic photo images for films, I was trying to reproduce what Nature does so effortlessly, the miracles it performs every day. It became the highest compliment I could pay to what had given me so much satisfaction. Today, I continue to grow and experiment, seeking out a full life every day. I desire to share my vision and experience with others. Through those efforts, I hope that they too can find what truly resonates within them.