Friday, June 5, 2020

Jasmine and Dry Lake, El Mirage, Southern California, 2017


Last month was spent in the darkroom with memories of Southern California under the enlarger. For this image Jasmine and I drove separately to El Mirage from two different cities, her from Los Angeles and me from San Francisco. We had never met before and were introduced to each other at the perfect time and the ideal space. It was an incredible afternoon, her creativity is truly remarkable. This weekend continues my work with the dancers in Los Angeles, and next week begins the printing of last summer in Lebanon. 

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Man with Roosters, Rural Kenya, 2007


These are the moments in between planned photography, when a man walks by on his way home with a rooster under his arm. This happened while in rural Kenya, photographing school children and those working for the sake of community development. I hope to return to the continent of Africa soon. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Stylist + Client, Virat Nagar, Rajasthan, India, 2020


While the world around us has at times become unrecognizable, I take comfort in looking at the images made just a couple of months ago. My hope is that we will rebound and find ourselves in a better place.

As soon as we are able to do so, the sewing centers will reopen. In addition to sewing, the centers will now include a parlor course. This was the idea of the teachers, and all students raisedtheir hands when asked if they wanted to participate.

Nobody in the villages has this capacity, and if the young women gain this knowledge... they can then take it with them to their husbands' villages and have a greater ability to support themselves and their families.

In this image two young students are having some fun imitating their older sisters, with Shanu taking center stage once again as the stylist for the afternoon. Her seriousness always amazes me!
 


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Two Students, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018


When the girls are provided a moment to be themselves, to show affection for their friends, they are like girls all around the world. It is my honor to speak on their behalf to their headmaster. Each one of them knows that we are there specifically for them, that they are the center of our attention. It is very different than their day to day reality, but my hope is that we can be a part of the change to come soon.

Their headmaster is building a school specifically for the girls in the region, and we hope to help him do so. Of course this can't be done presently, but we believe in a brighter future and feel that these girls deserve more than our admiration.

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Cuando a las niñas se les da un momento para ser ellas mismas, para mostrar afecto por sus amigos, son como las niñas de todo el mundo. Es un honor hablar en su nombre con su director. Cada una de ellas sabe que estamos allí específicamente para ellas, que son el centro de nuestra atención. Es muy diferente a su realidad diaria, pero espero que podamos ser parte del cambio que vendrá pronto.

Su director está construyendo una escuela específicamente para las niñas de la región, y esperamos ayudarlo a hacerlo. Por supuesto, esto no se puede hacer actualmente, pero creemos en un futuro mejor y sentimos que estas niñas merecen más que nuestra admiración.
 


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Jaedon + Joshua, Southern California, 2015


What a blessing it is to have a darkroom and to have the time to be in it!

Here is one from today, as I continue to print my collaborations with my photographic family from Southern California. On four separate occasions, and spanning five years, I have had the honor of documenting the art of Jaedon.
 


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Karen, Havana, Cuba, 2018


Caminar por las calles con la maestra y sus alumnos es como el cielo para mí, una oportunidad especial. ¡Recuerdo el momento exacto de esta foto, ya que el sol se estaba poniendo al otro lado de la calle con menos de un minuto!

Un comentario la semana pasada de mi querida amiga Karen me conmovió a publicar esta imagen de hace dos años. El recuerdo es agridulce, porque ha pasado mucho tiempo desde mi última visita a Cuba ... y la visita de este verano parece imposible. Sin embargo, una de las lecciones aprendidas de mis amigos cubanos es la de la paciencia. Entonces, mirar hacia atrás en esta imagen me da fuerzas para mirar hacia adelante.

Gracias a la increíble Gysleda Virginia De La Barca Vega, pudimos caminar por las calles de La Habana sin problemas. Lo que fue aún más increíble es que las jóvenes modelos tenían la dirección de la Maestra durante la fotografía. Encontraríamos los lugares más bellos, pondríamos todo abajo y procederíamos a hacer fotografías mientras las calles ocupadas.
 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Meal, Humana People to People India, Rajasthan, India, 2006


In an uncertain present I take comfort in looking back at better times. Somehow this past predicts a better future, one where we can once again sit down together and enjoy such a meal. Thus image goes back to my first year in India, when even my snapshots were made on film, with a Contax G2 in this example. The Humana India team was making lunch for the village, and the smell was fantastic. We were there to support a school for girls and are still doing so to this day, 14 years later!

Karen + La Habana, Cuba, 2018


Un comentario de mi querida amiga Karen Machado Vazquez me conmovió a publicar esta imagen de hace dos años. El recuerdo es agridulce, porque ha pasado mucho tiempo desde mi última visita a Cuba ... y la visita de este verano parece imposible. Sin embargo, una de las lecciones aprendidas de mis amigos cubanos es la de la paciencia. Entonces, mirar hacia atrás en esta imagen me da fuerzas para mirar hacia adelante.

Gracias a la increíble Gysleda Virginia De La Barca Vega, pudimos caminar por las calles de La Habana sin problemas. Lo que fue aún más increíble es que las jóvenes modelos tenían la dirección de la Maestra durante la fotografía. Encontraríamos los lugares más bellos, pondríamos todo abajo y procederíamos a hacer fotografías mientras las calles ocupadas.

Karen es excepcional, porque es modelo y bailarina y mucho más. Ella es capaz de expresarse sin dudarlo. ¡Fue un placer sincero documentar sus talentos, y por mi parte, espero con ansias nuestra próxima vez juntos en el futuro cercano!
 


Monday, June 1, 2020

Audra + Dry Lake, El Mirage, California, 2019


Today was spent once again in the darkroom, this time with the newest member of our photographic family in Los Angeles. My session with Audra last Fall was made possible by a mutual friend, and we have Cami to thank for this opportunity. Audra was fabulous, and expressed herself with such honesty. I look forward to more prints tomorrow!

Note: A Zone VI enlarger was used to print this Ilford negative onto Ilford Warmtone fiber-based paper... washed to archival standards with a Zone VI washer.
 


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Student + Teacher, Parlor Course, Rajasthan, India, 2020


In this snapshot we have our new stylist, and her teacher. The school is more than a school for this young girl, it is her world outside of her home. She loves to attend, and every time we arrive she steps out of her house to greet us.

Her teacher has known me ever since she was a young girl. Back then she had short hair, and loved to wear pants and shirts rather than a dress. I am very familiar with her smile, it is now as it was then, sublime.

Soon the school will reopen, and this teacher will attend parlor courses in the adjacent town so that she can teach the older girls in the village. Until then, our stylist is in business!