|All my life I have been a tinkerer and an artist; painting, drawing, sculpting, carving, screen printing, and since the age of 7, using a camera to capture the world around me. Of the many things in life that consume me, I would say photography is in the top four along with cooking, exploring, and learning. To me, photography is a visual art which captures the beauty, strangeness, and grandeur of the world around us. It is important for me to experience and photograph the world because I almost lost the vision in my right eye as the result of a traumatic eye injury. People say you don't really appreciate what you have until it is gone. Well, it is true, vision is really important. And yes, in my free time I swing from trees with my excessively long arms.