Photography by Jim Burkett (

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Hello ~
Taking photos is an expression of my “Art” and though it isn’t always art to most people, it gives me the feeling of catching an interesting moment of my life’s experiences.
I have been taking photos since 1944. I was two years old when I took a photo of my Great Grandmother getting out of her car (Kodak Brownie Automatic). That is my first recorded photo. Not much is remember from those years, but as I grew to be 11 years old I was moved by my mother and father to Formosa (Taiwan is our modern name). While there, I began to experience Life as a very strange looking young boy. I was the only foreign kid in southern Taiwan. Every Chinese person found me to be very unusual to observe, my hair wasn’t black like theirs, my eyes were green/brown, and my arms grew small white hair which they often plucked at in curiousity.
Now my hair is still white, and I still find children pulling on my arm hairs, people stopping on the streets to observe me going about a normal daily life. I teach exceptionally gifted Chinese students how to prepare themselves for life in a western classroom. The fashion now is for Chinese kids who are High School one age, to journey to an all English classroom somewhere in a western society. This is similar to the shock I experienced when I was a boy trying to attend school in Taiwan during the years of 1952 to 1961.
I attended college for two years in America before joining the Air Force to avoid being drafted by the Army. After my basic training, I was shipped back to Asia where I remained for six years. After being discharged and joining the Air Force Reserves, I tried again to obtain my college degree. I completed my first degree in 1972 and began an intensive study program learning all the tissues, tools and procedures of surgery to support my medical devices marketing career.
The photos I have taken over the years are slowly being scanned into digital format and will appear here as they are completed. I hope you find them interesting and return often to see the new updates.
I live in Chengdu which is in Sichuan Province - northwestern China. I live very near to the boarders between Sichuan and Tibet. On any given day, I can step out my front door and adventure into a photo opportunity.
Thank you for stopping by and when you have time, make a comment as you are touched by the photos. You can reach me via my email or leave me a message at 916-913-9598. Regards :)

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Email Contact:   Jim Burkett
Phone: 916 913 9598