Chess Edwards

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I am an explorer.  I am always on the search for ways to deepen my connection with this life that I am blessed to live.  For me it is primarily about Awareness.  If I can stop, look around, and increase my level of awareness of the abundant beauties and mysteries that occur in every moment, then I live more richly and in alignment with my core truth, beauty and essence.

Photography allows me to stop, to look around and to pay attention.

I have been organizing and leading adventure travel programs for over 25 years to some of the planet's most inspiring locations including Nepal, Tibet, the wilderness of Baja, Peru and Africa.  My photographic pursuits have taken me to six continents and more countries than I can remember.  But then of course...

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember; and I remember more than I have seen."
- Benjamin Disraeli

I do this because what truly inspires and motivates me is to assist others in becoming more intimate with the lives that they lead, to help people connect with this luscious world in a way that deepens their ability to celebrate each and every moment.

When traveling, people will see that I am typically interacting with my surroundings from behind the camera and I am often asked if I am not limiting my experience by viewing it all through the narrow focus of the lens.  The truth is that I am experiencing just the opposite.

When I photograph I am trying to capture the entire essence or feeling or mood of a place through one single photograph.  This causes me to really examine and consider all that is happening around and within me.  How do I feel?  Why does this place and situation effect me as it does?  How is it that this wide collection of sights, smells, sounds, interactions and character of a place carries with it a certain 'feeling'?  As I explore this on both a cognitive and emotional level, I use my camera to find and focus in on some small moment that communicates the whole.

I don't really know just what it is I am looking for when I create the photograph.  My camera is much like a divining rod - it just takes over and without me hardly thinking about it, I find that I am composing an image.  Ideally it is an image that conveys a true sense of place and culture and those are the photographs that I offer here.

All my best,



"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain


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