Born in 1967 to German parents, I grew up in South Africa where I studied photography at Pretoria Technicon. I cut my teeth shooting weddings then, to pay for film and paper. Impending conscription prompted years of travel, during which I earned my way as a klutzy dishwasher, a left-handed tree planter, a vegetarian ranch-hand and a numerically challenged carpenter. I now, thankfully, work as a photographer and writer from my Bay-Area base. My photojournalistic work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek, Ms., and Marie Claire. The mug shot was taken by my fiancé, Dara Roberts.