About

Rudy Owens Self-Portrait April 2015

This picture was taken near my home in beautiful Portland, Oregon, on a lovely spring night in April 2015.

A person is not just one thing, but a collection of experiences and stories. I am a resident of Portland. Though I claim United States citizenship, I also am one of billions of people who call this amazing blue planet known as earth home. Profesionally, I am a communications, public affairs, and public health professional. I also am an accomplished and published photographer and, more recently, video storyteller. My travels have passed through six continents and more than 30 countries.

I encourage you to wander through the photo galleries and explore the shows. Please visit my photography blog called What Beautiful Light, as well as my my policy and big-and-small ideas blog. Both sites cover a lot of territory, including sharing new and original photographs and videos and commentary on current events, travel, culture, politics, history, and more. I also love sharing my perspectives on health, public policy, public health, and the inter-connected global issues that interest me.  Seeing larger connections among disciplines helps makes sense of seemingly disparate ways of understanding the world. I also am convinced that the past, without exception, continually informs decisions we make for today and tomorrow. I choose to understand the past in order to explain the present. That also makes me an ardent fan of all great stories about the human experience.

When I am not working, writing, or taking pictures, you can find me running on Portland’s great trails, biking Oregon’s beautiful roads, or surfing on Oregon’s coast–likely at Seaside. I believe we all can make the world a better place if we learn to “share the stoke.” In surfing that translates to sharing the great feeling that comes with riding a wave.

Please feel free to contact me to share your feedback. I can also be followed through my Twitter account. I look forward to hearing from you. And remember: Aqaba is over there. It is only a matter of going.

(Last updated May 16, 2017)