A red tree in spring proudly stands tall, blue misty mountains in the backdrop, in the Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. This image is from my "Landscapes and Dreams" Collection. I pressed the shutter button on my digital SLR camera to capture these fleeting moments at various times, but it was only in the last few months of 2008 that I began to explore a new process of “developing” these digital photographs. The resulting images form my “Landscapes & Dreams” collection, made by combining two copies of each single photograph, each copy altered from the original in a certain way. The juxtaposition of these two “revised” copies results in the final effect.
I come from the world of humanitarian aid and international development, first getting my start in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, where I lived in a mud hut with a straw roof in a tiny village of 40 people.and later in a small town of 10,000. Without running water or electricity, I cooked on a portable burner hooked up to a small cannister of gas. I perfected my French language skills and picked up Fulfulde and Djerma. After 3 1/2 years in Niger, I returned to the Washington, DC area, and over the next ten years, I worked for several non-governmental organizations, large and small, including the American Red Cross, Population Services International, and Counterpart International, managing food security and public health...
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