I made the decision from amidst a violent, dangerous storm, lost and bleeding badly on a boat in the Bering Sea. It was dark and not certain if the Coast Guard could find us in time, but in that moment I knew what I had to do, and I was ready.
Our boat was getting slammed over and over by massive rogue waves in the violent freezing water. Our engine was dead and we were truly at the mercy of the furious ocean when I was truly aware that I may die - that it's not up to me whether today is that day. Oddly and unexpectedly, a serene acceptance and joy came over me. I said to myself that if I do survive, I'm going to go back to doing what I love; traveling, shooting, creating, capturing moments and stories that are precious and fleeting and wonderful and amazing. So I went, not knowing exactly what I'd find, but if I was ever going to be worth a damn, ever going to be able to say I tried, venturing out into the unknown was mandatory. Our heroes, MY heroes, my guides, the outcast wild creative superstars I look up to and wish I knew so as to learn from had all done this journey in some form - and so, it was my time.
Having been blessed with instinct which allows me to co-exist without fear or hesitation within nearly any group of people in any region has blessed me with the fortunate opportunity to capture some fascinating individuals, original moments, interesting characters and wild adventures.
The things I saw, the people I engaged with, the experiences and ways and views and styles of this wild land gave me beyond what I had hoped for. It's something that unless you have gone and done it, you will never know. And, that's ok honestly. This lifestyle is not for everyone, and many for various reasons most cannot or will not venture out into the unknown. So for those who have not, I choose to share some of what I saw with you. And to those who have yet to go, godspeed. Life is beautiful and it deserves to be experienced in all its forms.