About

 

Some of us come by adventure naturally, hardwired at birth with the need to explore.  That need can manifest in many ways.  In my case, collecting stamps and hoarding my grandparents’ National Geographic magazines satisfied me until reaching puberty, at which time my interests became less global in nature.  Campus life in the late Sixties resuscitated my curiosity about the rest of the world, which had become a much more complicated place.  I majored in History and Political Science, trying to understand the Cold War, and moved to Washington, DC upon graduation with the goal of becoming a spy.

 

Fast forward to the present.  Espionage was not in the cards for me, however, the outcome of that first major move was a rewarding career in public affairs and communications, spanning the global energy, financial services, conservation, media and professional services industries.  Not only was I fortunate enough to travel around the world many times for business purposes, but I was also able to travel to many of the exotic areas that so appealed to me as a child.

 

Along the way, the camera became my constant companion and together, we transformed our travel experience from “just visiting” to “really experiencing.”    I learned to feel at home no matter where I was -- not just in global business centers but more often than not in remote areas, where life is at its most elemental.   Liberated from the visitor mentality, my camera and I have been able to experience a level of intimacy with people and places that has been transformative.

 

Most important in this transformation is the confirmation that humans -- regardless of race, creed or tradition -- share core values that far outweigh the differences that are so often the cause of conflict.  The importance of family, community and spirituality are universal.  Beyond my human encounters, nature itself has taught me complete humility and reverence.  Nothing we humans do can repeal the laws and forces of nature; nothing we create can compare with the beauty and resilience of the natural world.

 

In 2005, I was able to retire from corporate life and devote much of my time to photography and exploration.  My goal with this website is to share scenes from my explorations and in turn inspire others to open their hearts and minds to find their own inner explorer -- be it armchair or on the road -- and nourish their curiousity about people, places and events.

© 2019 by Charlotte Rush Bailey

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