Saturday, December 8, 2018

Film Processed, Summer in Cuba, 2018

The film in these bags after my time in Cuba this summer has been processed and is on my table tonight. The next task is to scan the rolls for proofs over the next few weeks, and begin the new year in a most positive way!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Final Print + Fixer, Darkroom, States, 2018

Here she is once again, representing her community of girls in the new school. This is her image, just printed in the darkroom. We hope she inspires those able enough to give, as she has inspired our team on the ground in her village! 

As the new year approaches would my friends be interested in supporting women empowering themselves through these sewing centers? For those of you who have shared your interest in my posts, here is a chance for us to come together and truly make a difference in the lives of these girls.

We have set up five centers with a dozen young women in each, learning sewing in order to better themselves and the circumstances of their families.

We welcome all, from financial help to connections with schools in need of uniforms for example. One would be surprised what we could do with a united approach!


Nathalie + Spanish Embassy, Havana, Cuba, 2018

Aquí estoy junto a los rollos procesados de este verano en Cuba. ¡Con solo haber visto todos los rollos, a mi mente le costará mucho asentirse esta noche! Las imágenes son más de lo que podría haber pedido realmente. En esta imagen, Nathalie actúa frente a la embajada española en La Habana, Cuba.


Anays + Staircase, La Habana, Cuba, 2018

Here I am sitting next to the processed film from this summer in Cuba. Having just looked through a third of the film my mind will have a hard time nodding off tonight! The images are more than I could have asked for really. In this frame @anaysdizpe performs in front of a staircase next to the harbor, off the beaten path!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Temple in the Field, Rajasthan, India, 2018

For those of us supporting this work in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, I certainly hope that one day you can visit this beautiful land. From temples in fields to glorious wheat spreading to the horizon, it is a sublime landscape in which the schools are being established.

Most of my work is portraiture, yet every day an attempt is made to include the environment. On this day I decided to take a walk to the village and passed by this familiar site. I had passed it on countless occasions yet never made the time to photograph it.

A couple of young men saw me walking and joined me, a common occurrence when walking around with a camera. They asked me a few questions, then realized my lack of understanding, and after a few minutes decided to be on their way. This image was made as they were asking questions, and they looked into the viewfinder to see what was being photographed before taking off.


Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 503 CW/100 mm lens combination.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Munshad + Children, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018

We are well on our way to fully funding the schools for 2019, and embrace all who are interested in joining.

We have one large school in Uttar Pradesh with nearly 100 girls in attendance, and two schools in Rajasthan with 50 young girls. In all we also have 5 sewing centers for nearly 80 young women.

This is real change all of us can support, and witness on our mutual FB feed through these images. Here is my dear brother Ch Munshad Ali Chauhan with the children from one of the villages... just look at the joy in the children's faces!


From Negative to Print, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018

This is what the print looks like as the first paper is being fixed in the darkroom. The frame was exposed in India, then brought back to the world as a silver print thousands of miles away... magical like her beauty! 

These were made in the moment with an iPhone, the first of which was the negative in my hand over one of the chemical baths. The second is of the negative being projected onto the paper in the easel, and the third of which is the final print in the fixer.