Kent Askew has lived in the San Diego area since early childhood. His professional background is landscape architecture, where he has practiced for over twenty years specializing in land planning and urban design. Kent began using photography as a tool to describe the visual quality and character of various landscapes while conducting visual impact assessments. His photography evolved to artistic expression as he sought to explain in a pictorial way why changes to certain landscapes have such a profound effect on people. Kent proceeded to study photography at the college level, constructed a home darkroom, and honed his craft by developing and printing film. His photography now seeks to capture the intricate, sometimes mystical relationship between people and their environment, both natural and built, and how each influences the other. His images are drawn primarily from San Diego and the southwest by means of present realities, personal memory, and the historic romance of the region.