First I must apologize, I have obviously fallen well behind on posting as I have not done so for a couple months. Part of this because I was so busy at work and on my off time I was in port taking photographs. Part of it was I did not spend time on shore writing a posting again because I was out taking photographs. And partly because the internet on the ship was not working much of the time and when it was it was not working very well… So again, I apologize and will try to do better in the future…
In order to get up to date as I am now on vacation and traveling in Cambodia and Thailand. I have decided the best way to do so is to post from more of a photojournalistic point of view and let the photographs speak for themselves.
A quick note on My Khe Beach also known as China Beach during the Vietnam War. China Beach is where an large American airbase was located. The 20 mile beach was used for R and R (Rest and Rehabilitation) for soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors. The base is not in use and closed today due to toxic levels of dioxin. Dioxin or as it was known during the Vietnam War “Agent Orange” was stored in vast amounts at the airbase in Da Nang.
I started my career in photography as a professional photojournalist in 1979 at the time working with several newspapers and magazines in Southern California. What I loved most about photojournalism was its diversity and over my career I covered professional sports, concerts and travel.
As life would have it mine took yet another turn and in 1988 I developed an interest in holistic medicine. I became a professional massage therapist specializing in sports medicine. In 1991 I decided to go to medical school and obtained a medical degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and stared my career as a licensed acupuncture physician.
After medical school I moved my practice to northern Idaho for a year before settling in the resort area of Sun Valley, Idaho. I’ve always been an outdoor person and hiking and backpacking the Rockies and fishing the pristine river waters and high altitude lakes offered me a wonderful photographic opportunity.
In 2010 I left Sun Valley and I once again found myself on a cruise ship, this time working as an “Acupuncturist at Sea”. For the past seven years I have traveled to 85 countries, which has allowed me to photograph much of the world.
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