Stephen F. Dennstedt

I’m an itinerant American expat traveling the world and taking my pictures. Before I got a life I was a banking professional (VP-Branch Manager) for thirty years, and a (very) young Marine Corps Sergeant in Vietnam. I’ve snapped shutters for over sixty years, and finally turned professional in 2009 founding my company Indochine Photography. I left the USA in early 2012 to pursue my lifelong dream of photographing the world, and interacting with its diverse cultures. Shortly after arriving in Yucatan, Mexico, I spent a year as the staff photographer for The Yucatan Times newspaper, and provided my photographic services to the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve and Puuc Jaguar Conservation. I am also a registered freelance photographer with the Boston Globe. Since I’ve been on the road I’ve adopted the philosophy of: Live Simple, Live Cheap, Live Free.

I began my early career as a classically trained artist studying with the well-known San Diego artist Dorothy Wright. Achieving some initial success early on I enjoyed an exhibition of my work at the world-renowned San Diego Museum of Fine Art in 1958. Not living up to my own unrealistic expectations I left the world of paint, brush and canvas behind, and instead embraced photography which I had studied concurrently. Again success came early when I was a winner in Kodak’s National High School Photography Contest in 1962.