Working with words has been a central part of my creative career, so my nature blog evolved alongside my photography as an expression of the stories and experiences behind the images.
I’m a first-generation American and third-culture kid. I was born to Latvian parents, and spent formative years as an ex-pat kid in Europe. In that transitional existence, I found connection and constancy through nature and animals, so much so that I aspired to veterinary sciences before I finally admitted that word patterns made sense in my brain, whereas mathematical formulas did not. My liberal arts classes introduced me to a vast catalog of works that helped shape my philosophical and ecological worldview going forward.
Later, while volunteering at a wildlife hospital, I had the immense privilege to witness more closely the lives of wild animals — their struggles, their unique experiences of the world, and their resilience in the face of immense hardship at times. In that context, my lifelong companion, my camera, became an ecological tool and bridge — a way to bring the wild animal’s reality closer to ours by framing their lives in visible and understandable ways.
My guiding principle is putting the animal’s welfare above the photo, an ethical foundation strengthened through my mentorship at the wildlife hospital. I photograph from respectful distances, using long lenses, with attention to the natural history of each species.
I try to paint in pixels how it all feels when I’m in the field: that heart-stopping moment when ten thousand Snow Geese take flight over Fir Island … when an old bull elk bugles under Colorado’s first snow drops … when a family of coyotes yips in the California dawn … when a pod of orcas glides past the boat on the Salish Sea, sharing the song of the ocean.
My creative vision and aspiration is a world where we no longer view other species as objects or abstracts, but rather as fellow earthlings and peers in this lush and unpredictable existence.
You can read more about the inspiration behind my camera in these Q&As with International Bird Rescue and Empirical Magazine.