My life has been driven by curiosity and a sense of adventure, always looking for a challenge, an experience and a story with a different angle. This has taken me from the industrial revolution in China, to war-torn Afghanistan, from Hollywood to Kosovo to Wall Street. Cameras started playing a role in my life late into my 20s as I felt the need to take some of these stories home.
I have filmed from 300 ft deep in a flooded cave in Mexico, photographed icefalls in the Alps and did an interview for CCTV in the Himalayas.
When I got hit by a lightning storm on Mont Blanc and got arrested in Pakistan, I thought about quitting. But I never did.
Instead I learned a powerful lesson: in a world crowded with exceptional people and cameras, but starved of interesting stories, the race to the extreme is rarely the answer. Mankind landed on the Moon over 40 years ago and never went back, probably because it's so boring up there.
It took me over two decades to understand this.
I still work in remote or dangerous environments, I still obsess over my training and life-supporting gear, but I don't feel it's a race to the extreme anymore. The stories worth telling are found by being there, asking questions and letting life happen. By the time I am holding a camera the job is almost done.
My images have been published both online and in print, they have been exhibited, bought and hopefully enjoyed.
Sometimes I struggle to define this endeavor of mine, this continuous search for stories to live and tell. Friends suggested I make it my full-time job, others called it a hobby. My family swears it is an obsession.
I just call it life.