I have come to love wildlife, and because I’m a photographer, I also love photographing wild animals. When I look into the eyes of an animal, I see a soul, and I want to get to know that soul.
I belong to a civic group that brings disadvantaged youth to the Phoenix Zoo. Most of the youngsters have never visited a zoo before. When the tram makes the first turn and the children see the animals for the first time, their squeals and cheers of excitement bring me great joy. I want to bring that joyous first look to more people and further help them understand animals as complex beings just like you and me. Almost everybody has seen a giraffe, for example, but they have not had the opportunity to get to know that giraffe and feel a connection with it.
I believe that if I can help more people actually see wildlife as they live and learn more about the animals, then more people will appreciate them and love them as I do, body and soul.