Diversity and multiculturalism stand as major themes in my work. To me, diversity encompasses not only ethnic and cultural diversity, but the diversity in our daily lives as well, whether that be colors, shapes, life forms, foods, buildings, or daily activities. The world is a variegated and diverse place, but as human beings, we all share certain commonalities as well. I strive to capture not only our differences, but our commonalities as well. In keeping with the theme of diversity, I try not to confine myself to any single style or subject matter in my work.
I was born June 4, 1975 in Foster City and have lived my entire life in the San Francisco Bay region. From an early age, I was exposed to foreign cultures and far-0ff places. My father was a pilot for Pan Am (and later, retired from United), and my mother and I often accompanied him on his trips overseas. I also come from a mixed race background--my mother is Japanese, my father is Eastern European (Polish-Ukranian), and the link between Eastern and Western cultures is a major source of inspiration for my work.
When I was in 6th grade, I transferred schools and was arbitrarily assigned to take French as my foreign language. It was the beginning of a life-long love for France, the French language and Francophone culture. I spent my junior year of college abroad in Paris at the Sorbonne, and it was during this time that I developed my passion for photography. France has become my adopted homeland, and, as you will see, is the subject of many of my photos.
You may also notice a lot of aircraft and aviation themed work as well. To me, the airplane represents the bridge between two cultures, and the means through which to reach that point. I see it as symbolic of the ability to move freely between two points. (Plus, they are really cool to watch in flight).