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Throughout my travel to over 40 countries in the last decade, I was very moved and inspired by what I experienced. I want to remember the way people expressing their life stories just by looking at them through my lens. The rusts and the ruggedness speak to me loudly and clearly. There is so much history buried under each peel of the old paints and in between the wrinkle lines on the wise weathered faces. They whisper to me as I press my shutter.

The frames I captured retell these personal accounts to others and remind myself many years later without verbal and written words to distract the illusive visuals. Sometimes circumstance abolished the privilege to narate the story in conventional ways, and you were reduced to only your interpretation of what you see. I want my audience to hear the voices of the storytellers when they look at my photographs. My intention is for my art to speak for itself like a poet recites her poem.

I use Nikon SLR D40X and D300 with Nikkor Zoom Lens 18-200 mm. I never develop a habit to use a tripod since I mostly capture candid moments in motion that barely give me an opportunity to stage anything up. Nothing is more captivating than the look of instant gratification or the sudden awe.

I print my photographs on museum-quality canvas material with Giclée printing method, which is made with high-quality archival inks using a high-resolution large format inkjet printer. I presented my work either as Canvas Gallery Wraps or as Framed Giclée Canvas Boards. Protective coating is sprayed over to preserve the images and to help prevent scratches and other damage.

These images keep my grounded. They remind me that I am a part of the world’s ecosystem and my action will have an impact on its equilibrium, and vice versa. My images motivate me to be involved and to keep telling the touching personal stories to others in the hope that more people will relate to them, and fewer bad decisions will be made.

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