|From the Tuareg of the Sahara
to the snake charmers of Marrakech, North Africa continues to grip me in
I am fascinated with Egypt. People
marvel at the tumbled ruins of Rome and Greece but in Egypt, temples which
are centuries older are still standing intact.
The blue ribbon of the Nile beckons
to all. A cruise down its magical waters is like entering a time machine.
But for all the treasures that have been unearthed, archeologists estimate
that at least 50% still lie buried beneath the shifting sands.
||I never tire of Europe with its
splendid castles, gourmet dining and fine wines. From the Norwegian fjords
to the Italian Riviera, one could easily spend a lifetime exploring nooks
and crannies that lie off
the beaten path.
I have executed several assignments
for the French Government Tourist Office and each trip has brought new
appreciation for just how much beauty and history can be compressed into
so small an area.
The Paris Lights, the Beaches at
Normandy, Provence Perfumes, the Champagne Cellars of Reims, and the taste
of rabbit from the Woods of the Loire: It is an assault on all the senses.
I am spoiled rotten whenever France
|I have also wandered the Caribbean
and the "Land Down Under" ... a never-ending supply of colorful images
- tropical breezes, gorgeous sunsets, warm sands and the fascinating world
beneath the sea. One of my great ambitions was to witness the eruption
of a live volcano. This fantasy became a reality in 1988 when I arrived
in Hawaii just in time to see Kilauea loose its awesome power. It remains
the most humbling natural event I have ever seen.
|From the mid-70's to the mid-80's,
I did a lot of industrial photography, primarily in the Middle East. The
Shah still ruled Iran, Saddam wasn't yet a threat, Israel occupied the
Sinai and Anwar Saddat enjoyed immense popularity. Mega-construction
projects were underway throughout the region - from super-highways and
skyscrapers to enormous mobile construction camps and the continuing expansion
of the petroleum infrastructure. Since most of these areas were off limits
to tourists, the opportunity to experience the modernization of Arabia
first-hand was unparalleled.
|Unlike most foreign workers, as
a wandering photographer I had the mobility and freedom to explore further
In Iraq I saw the archeological
remains of the "Hanging Gardens" of Babylon. In Iran I saw carpets woven
of pure gold with silk designs. In Kuwait I wandered the Gold Souk and
went sailing on ancient dhows, and in Saudi Arabia I attended a Bedouin
wedding in the desert and smoked hookahs in the teahouses.
|One moment time seemed to stand
still, while the next was a hive of activity. With aerial photography strictly
regulated by the military, it was a rare privilege to fly in a helicopter
over the Persian Gulf and see eight super tankers loading their precious
|Everywhere, pipelines snake their
way across the sand, accompanied by plumes of fire as the roaring infernos
of flare stacks burn off natural gas at the wellheads.
|Both the United States and Canada
provide a never-ending supply of images for my collection. I have been
to all the Canadian provinces and territories, and visited 44 states in
|From major cities to our magnificent
national parks, I am inspired by the wealth and splendor of natural beauty
right here in our backyard. My favorite area has to be the American southwest
with its sculptured rocks, secret canyons and mystical light.
|And let us not forget America's
rich culture of roadsite art - from jackelopes to Cadillac Ranch, from
tacky mailboxes to bathtup Virgin Marys. Throw in some Mail Pouch chewing
tobacco barn signs and monuments to Paul Bunyon, and I know I'll always
find something new and interesting.