I have been taking pictures, telling stories, and gathering tales for nearly four decades. Always it seems, wherever I have gone, there I was. My trails have passed through six continents and more than 30 countries. For six of those years I lived in Alaska, working for the Canadian Consulate of Anchorage, and relishing the light of the Great Land. My photographs have been published in numerous media outlets and publishing houses, and I have had shows in Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage. My web site, www.rudyowens.com, features numerous photo essays on topics ranging from human rights to life in contemporary Greenland.
When not behind a lens, I have pursued a career in communications, government and public affairs, and public health. I have a professional background in journalism (MA from UNC-CH), public affairs (more than 10 years working at the state and international level), and public health (MPH from the University of Washington). In May 2018, I published my memoir and public health examination of the U.S. adoption system and experience. My book, You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, is available in paperback and ebook. (Order a copy here.)