As one who has gone full circle, I will tell you that this is the world as seen through the eyes of an unrepentant optimist. Beauty is everywhere only many people do not see it. Photography has taught me to see with the eyes of my heart and appreciate everything around me. Making pictures is like meditation and prayer. It helps me to connect with something much bigger and more important than I am. I want the people who see my pictures to feel the same exhilaration and connection to our loving Creator as I do when making them. My vision when creating an image is based on sharing our "Beautiful Whirled" as I see it: through the prism of optimism, lit by hope, inspired by awe, and ruled by beauty. My belief is that when we commune with beauty, we touch the Divine. Each image is designed to create an emotional response that will become a shared experience – a bond of love between us. I got to the point in photography when I started to ask, “Who is the instrument, the photographer or the camera?” Strange things were happening. When I read the Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, I found my answer. His holiness addresses the letter “To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new ‘epiphanies’ of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world”. At that moment I decided to commit my photography to serve God and my fellow mankind. I made the decision to allow my photography to be used as an instrument and channel of His love. Most of my current work is long exposure (LE) black & white, including architecture, seascapes, & landscapes. I am mostly self-taught. My photography is inspired by spiritual themes like gratitude, love, and hope.