I wasn't very interested in photography before
I moved to this place. It seemed anybody with
a camera could be a photographer, and actually
it was very easy to take snapshots. But I always
wanted to make art, and I was looking for a
sensuous way to express myself as an artist. I've
been working on poetry for many years. Poetry
thrills me in its elusive ambience and helps me to
let my spirit be free, but I oftentimes felt that it
was not strong enough to translate all my visible
world into words - there are things that can't be
said with words. Photography satisfies me with
color, space, movement, textures in the image.
The good thing about photography is that it can
show things directly.
As a wildlife photographer, I am so fortunate that
I live in the foothills of Washington's North
Cascade Mountains at an elevation of 3300 feet.
I have various kinds of wildlife here all the year
round, so I started photographing them naturally.
When I photograph I like going out with a kind of
subconscious intuition - feeling and breathing
in the animal's world. I always try to get close to
my subjects as much as I can, because I want them
to know my presence and I want to see eye to eye
with them first. I believe the more I respect them,
the more I succeed in making intimate and unique
photographs. So I learn about animals within their
natural environment as well as learning
photography. I really enjoy my work and I feel
day by day I become one with this great nature.