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Theresa Vernetti is a photographer in San Diego who practices dental hygiene in between local backpacking excursions and adventure travel to the far corners of the earth. She makes delicious soup, enjoys hot yoga, loves hiking and is always on the lookout for interesting photo subjects and locations.

The excitement of third world geography and the unique encounters she has with locals along the way are what gets Theresa “away from the office” a couple of times a year. Redmond O’Hanlon, an entertaining, adventure travel writer, has some interesting insights on the allure of remote destinations. “I think my ultimate aim is to rediscover childhood. In an equatorial jungle, the world seems intensely fresh and strange just like it does in childhood. You wake up in the morning and you’re glad to be alive. The first time that happened to me, I thought I was getting a fever. “

As a student of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Theresa majored in Spanish literature and religious studies, taking full advantage of the education abroad program linked with the University of Granada, Spain. Three additional years and hundreds of teeth later, a second degree in dental hygiene was earned at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.   She currently works as a hygienist at two fine practices in San Diego.

Theresa captures the essence of daily life and spirit of the people in the places she visits.  Her local portraiture aims to capture an attractive and realistic view of the subject, revealing something unique about the individual.

Countries visited:  Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Czech, Austria, England, Morocco, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Nepal, India, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Tibet.


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