Journalist, artist and photographer
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Gina loves the outdoors and worked her way through college as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service where she served as the crew photographer when she wasn’t busy fighting fires.
After earning a journalism degree from the University of Oregon, Gina went on to work as a reporter, public relations professional and freelance writer. She holds international press credentials and writes for a variety of publications, including Street Photography Magazine, LensCulture, Oregon’s 1859 Magazine and Washington’s 1889 Magazine, among other publications. She is currently working on two long-term documentary projects: one about the role of urban public libraries as social service institutions in poverty-stricken American cities; and another about conservation and conflict in the basin & range region of the American west, where the protection of endangered species, native culture and fragile environments is often at odds with cattle ranching, mining and industrialized agriculture.
She is also a published essayist and poet, with writing and art appearing in such literary journals and galleries as The Sun, River Teeth, Cargo, Tiferet Magazine, Black Box Gallery and Whidbey Art Gallery.
Gina believes in the power of the image and good storytelling to inspire, educate and broaden our collective perspectives – and the power of travel, especially international travel, to do the same.
In the words of great American writer Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”