I graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, followed by a BFA in cinematography from the North Carolina School of the Arts. I work shooting television shows for Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel, and Animal Planet. I also have an ongoing photography project with my brother called Finding Silence, which documents the role silence, meditation, and prayer play in ancient global spiritual traditions.
My whole life I’ve been looking for something.
I’ve looked for it in many ways. Trying to express myself through art, making money, chasing after love, seeking the praise of others…
But something was always missing.
I’ve always read and been inspired by the great wisdom teachers. Jesus. Buddha. Patanjali. Shams of Tabriz. Pema Chodron. Hafiz. Thomas Merton. They all spoke to that thing I was searching for. But for some reason it always took a back seat to my own desires, my own fears, my own restless searching. I just kept running around, looking for something out there.
I think the answer is right here, right now.
For me, that means service. It means doing what my teachers have been saying for so, so long. Serve others. Fill my heart with love and offer myself up for the good of all. Get down on my damn knees and wash the feet of the least of us. Let go of me and mine, and find we and ours.
It ain’t easy. I get so caught up in my own life and my own small struggles that I don’t see all the people around me who are struggling with burdens far greater than my own. I like to think I have a kind heart, but I find myself forgetting to care. I forget to love my neighbor and hold their well-being sacred. I forget that we are all divine children. I remember to be stressed about money, and I remember to fret over my appearance, but I forget to serve my fellow humans. I forget to tend the sick and suffering. I forget SO much.
So this project is my attempt to serve. My attempt to live a life of love and kindness 100% of the time. Right now I’m probably at 2%. But I’m trying to move the dial. 3% would be pretty sweet. Life is precious. And brief. I want mine to be well spent. My hope is that these photos and stories ring a bell inside you, and inspire you. Magical shit happens when we all get together.