Jim Hecimovich, Chicago Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement I'm an amateur photographer who has had the opportunity to tour a lot of the world over the past three years. I've been living in England and the U.S., as well as traveling to Africa (South Africa and Ghana), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, with upcoming trips to Kuala Lumpur and India), and Europe (England, Italy, France, Ireland). I also travel in the U.S., of course. Most of the photos in my galleries are from those travels, which are research-related and teaching endeavors. For instance, my wife, who is a professor at Oxford University, is studying economic empowerment for women in rural areas in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and South Africa. She is also studying the effect of supplying feminine hygiene products to adolescent girls in rural Ghana to see if it keeps them in school longer and results in greater educational achievement. My photos are primarily of those people and places, with lots of flower photos taken early in our travels. Thanks for looking!