"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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain
Having spent most of my childhood dreaming of traveling to far away places I can now look at my life and say, well done Casey. I am by no means even close to being finished but I look at where I have come from and where I have been and I feel an incredible amount of gratitude. Growing up a very shy and introverted kid in Salt Lake City, I was scared of the world and reluctant to try anything. At the age of 10 my mother convinced me to try ballet of all things. How could a timid little boy, in what I thought of at the time as an obscure town in the desert, get up in front of thousands of people and dance? Somehow it happened and it sent me on a collision towards my dreams. At the age of 16 I moved to Washington D.C. to study ballet with a handful of teachers from the famous Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg, Russia. The world suddenly opened up as I began to travel to places that I had dreamt of years before. I moved to New York City for a time and then Seattle. Ballet was taking me around the world and suddenly those far away places weren't just my imagination. In 2008 I moved to Amsterdam where I joined The Dutch National Ballet as a leading dancer and began to experience the world like never before.
As a child, I spent countless hours alone drawing pictures of fantastic places and now again the urge to create images has taken hold. On a trip to Venice in 2009 I decided it was time to purchase a camera and I began to learn the art of photography. An overwhelming need to capture the beauty and power of the sights I was witnessing came over me. I want my images to inspire and stir the imagination. I want to give people a taste of what the world has to offer. Photography for me is a means of expressing to people who might otherwise stay at home, what amazing things await them if they dare to step outside their comfort zone and I say, if you dare to dream, then dare to make your dream a reality.
"Im an artist and an explorer, I love to combine adventure and creativity in everything I do!"