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Photography has grown into an artistic passion and outlet. I love to travel, particularly to the Southwest, and that fits in nicely with a desire to record spectacular scenery. My home state of Virginia has a lot to offer, with its many rivers, hundreds of miles of coastline, wildlife, as well as its archeological and historical significance. Out of hundreds of photographers from all over the country I was one of only two chosen by the University of Virginia to have a photo-essay and bio published in its book 'Hard Times Companion'. I have also been asked to take photos to promote a documentary film about the mistreatment of the Tibetan people by the Chinese government.
I cannot mention one creative outlet without the other, because often they go hand-in-hand: I am a musician, and my pictures have been an inspiration for a lot of the music that Iíve written. I am currently writing the music to a documentary film on the plight of the Tibetan people. What a lot of people do not realize is that the Chinese government takes homes and property from the Tibetans and gives it to Chinese 'settlers'. The Chinese Army destroys Buddhist temples, buries nuclear waste near Tibetan towns and villages, shoots Tibetan livestock and worst of all kills and tortures Tibetans. It's a systematic destruction of a culture and genocide of a people. Hopefully the documentary and the soundtrack will raise the world's awareness of this travesty.
For a few samples of my music go to:
My second CD, 'Powhatan Renaissance', soon to be released on iTunes and Amazon, has a Native American influence and is dedicated to my friends on the Mattaponi Reservation. ALL PROCEEDS from this CD will go to benefit the health clinics and housing needs of the tribes of the Powhatan Nation.
A little background on me:
I have a masterís degree in education (Bachelorís and Masterís both from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA). In addition to photography, I teach guitar and I have written a guitar method book for learning the modal scales, available on Amazon:
I have dabbled in just about every genre of music, but I decided that most of the music I had been playing was not challenging or musically where I wanted to be, so I created my own genre of music: Ambient-Metal.
Elliott Randall (guitarist for Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers; studio guitarist extraordinaire, solo artist) wrote that Ambient-Metal is ďabsolutely beautifulĒ; a compliment that was unsolicited albeit greatly appreciated considering that his playing is one of my early influences as I developed as a guitarist. Stay tuned for the film/CD on Tibet!!