Photography by Jim Burkett

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Jim has been taking photos since he was a boy. He moved to Tainan, Taiwan to live with his father, who worked with Clair Chennault in the late forties, and later with Air America (CIA). Jim graduated from high school in Taichung, Taiwan in and returned to the USA for college. He was drafted into the military with the first duty assignment was Korea, as an enlisted airman with the USAF. During this tour, he became a rifleman for the US Air Force Olympic style, large bore rifle team. He traveled monthly to rifle matches in other countries, and competed against the joint US services and the national military rifle teams of the host countries. Jim competed for nearly two years before being assigned to Okinawa.
During the next seven years, Jim would live in Korea (2Yrs), Thailand (1Yr.), the Philippines (6Mos), and extensive time on Okinawa (3Yrs). While on Okinawa, he finished half of his college requirements, learned to SCUBA dive and made extra money diving for the Navy as a salvage diver. It was also on Okinawa that he learned how to sail. Later in his life, this would become significant.
After the military, he completed his college with a degree in Biology at Cal Poly, Pomona, California. Almost immediately upon completing his degree, he went into medical sales, selling surgical devices. With many years in medical sales, he learned surgical procedures among every specialty of surgery, became a sales manager, and later, self-employed as a medical devices distributor. It was during this time, he completed his Masters in Marketing and Sales, with an emphasis on Pacific Rim countries.
Jim has been a teacher at some level all of his life. He taught physicians new surgical techniques related to medical devices. Because he knew he would be retiring in China, he also continued his studies via Internet courses studying on his free time. He managed to earn his Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in English as a Second Language.
In 2003, Jim decided to try his hand at yacht marketing and advertising. He began building web sites, taking photographs of luxury yachts. Many yachts were sold as a result of his web design, and photography and it became apparent, selling yachts would become his next venture. He became a certified California Yacht and Ship Broker.
Yacht sales proved to be very up and down, so he continued with his travels and photography. He is now living in Chengdu, Sichuan China. He is teaching Business, and Business Writing at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), while developing his own private English Club for kids 4 - 18 years old. Presently there are 30 students enrolled for Saturdays and Sundays only. Monday thru Fridays he travels, writes, and processes photos from the last adventure. You can see many of them here; check back often as newly added additions are frequent. You can reach him via Email (, or simply give him a call at 916 913 9598. Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy the photos.

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Similan Islands, Thailand 2014

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Email Contact:   Jim Burkett
Phone: 916 913 9598