I was born in Abilene, Texas. It was in this small West Texas town that my dad first placed a camera in my hands and made me the official family vacation photographer. I was ten years old. His biggest complaint was that I seldom focused on the family since I prefered pointing my camera at the nature around me.
Ten years later I began a 27-year career as a photojournalist which has taken me to more than 60 countries, and nearly a half-dozen conflicts which ultimately lead to a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for my photos of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
My love of nature photography provides a welcome respite from the harsh realties raging in the world today. But, think of it not as an escape, but rather as a realization that nature can provide for us a common unification which knows no boundaries, race, creed, color or nationality. It is as close as our willingness to find it. My photographs represent my desire to provide at least one small light for that vision.