About the Book
I titled this book “Finding the Good” because my journey through this world entails a personal search for greater understanding and an overwhelming need to find those people, environments and organizations that contribute good to our ever-tumultuous existence. I travel to ask questions and to learn about our similarities and our differences. I always ask why things are as they are. In this obsessively connected world, I want to learn how different cultures deal with similar problems. I do not travel with a presumption that I can fix any problems, but rather, I offer my photographs as a reflection of what I observe while searching. Travel offers the opportunity for human interaction and ideological, and very personal, exchange between people of different cultures - which may open the door to a deeper understanding of our essential similarities. I am not satisfied to photograph surface images, just as I am not satisfied to restrict a travel agenda to the well-worn tourist vistas. While I used volunteer tourism as my means to search for the good in Peru, I discovered that good in the richness of the culture, the warmth of the people and in a variety of experiences beyond volunteering.
Photography has been my passion since I first picked up a camera at age eleven. After living in various European countries for ten years as a child, I developed an intense fascination and love for varied cultures. At university I majored in international relations, with a focus on peace and conflict resolution, and minored in photography. An integral part of my life’s journey is the attempt to coalesce these two distinct sides of my personality.