My passion for wildlife photography stems from my appreciation of nature and my love of the outdoors. As a young child my grandfathers spent hours in the woods with me teaching me about the various plants and animals we encountered. My father hiked the Rocky Mountains and the Smoky Mountains with me, and educated me along the way about the impact of outdoor activities on mental and physical health. These formative experiences molded my belief in the harmonious and synergistic relationship between humans and nature. It is this emotional connection between people and the natural world that I hope to recreate with my photographs.
As a physician, I find that the attention to detail and respect for nature fundamental to surgical care also transfer readily to wildlife photography. In fact, one of my mentors, the late Dr. Freddie Fu, shared his enthusiasm for photography and for nature. Dr. Fu always strived to recreate and restore nature as closely as possible when treating his patients. His appreciation for nature extended beyond just knee anatomy, and he was known to send daily nature pictures taken on his iPhone to the thousands of students and physicians he trained.
I hope that my photography can provide even a small glimpse into the beauty and wonders of the great outdoors which Muir eloquently referred to as “varied expressions of God’s love” and “a window opening into heaven.”
“But ask the animals what they think—let them teach you; let the birds tell you what’s going on. Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics. Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand—Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature?” Job 12:7-10