Monday, January 21, 2019

Friends in Classroom, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018

In less than four weeks I will be in this classroom which houses the sewing classes for these young girls, and their older sisters. Five years of visits has allowed them to feel more comfortable in front of the camera, allowing us a rare glimpse into their world! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Teacher in Virat Nagar, Rajasthan, India, 2018

This is a portrait of the teacher in one of two village schools near Virat Nagar, Rajasthan. In all 40 or so students attend classes in these two schools, and in both villages sewing centers are thriving. In three weeks I head to this area to once again document the great work being accomplished, as well as the joy of the students.

I have been visiting these areas for the past 10 years, and those of you who know me know this work. The team is working hard in eight villages, and has three schools for girls and five sewing centers providing education for girls who would otherwise be lacking such an opportunity.
All interested in supporting this work do reach out to me and we will make it happen! 

1 Girl 1 Year = $100

For those interested I will of course provide further, detailed information. This is our way to fulfill that great cliché, making a difference... hoping to turn that cliché into a reality!


Monday, January 14, 2019

Cubano, Campo, cuba, 2018

Lo sorprendente de este país es que en la mañana podríamos estar en la ciudad con los bailarines más talentosos y luego en la tarde con la gente noble del campo.

En este retrato hay un hombre amable que se detuvo por un minuto para permitir que se hiciera su retrato. Como no teníamos nada planeado para la tarde, decidimos salir de la ciudad. Buscábamos personas que trabajaran con sus manos y encontramos a este hombre con su caballo.

Hablamos unos minutos y él accedió a ser fotografiado. La cámara estaba en el asiento trasero, lista para usar. Lo instalamos y rápidamente hicimos su retrato, para que él pudiera ir y alimentar a su caballo con la hierba que acababa de cortar.

Estos son los momentos mágicos para mí, tanto por la hora como por la memoria.


Cuban, Countryside, Cuba, 2018

What is amazing about this country is that in the morning we could be in the city with the most talented dancers and then in the afternoon with the noble people of the countryside.

In this portrait is a gentle man who stopped for a minute to allow his portrait to be made. Since we had nothing planned for the afternoon we decided to drive out of the city. We were looking for people working with their hands, and found this man with his horse.

We spoke for a few minutes and he agreed to be photographed. The camera was in the back seat, ready to use. We set it up and quickly made his portrait, so that he could go and feed his horse with the grass he had just cut.

These are the magical moments for me, both because of the hour and also because of the memory.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Laura + Gato, La Habana Vieja, Cuba, 2018

El verano pasado, mi querida amiga Gysleda tuvo la idea de caminar por la ciudad con algunos de sus alumnos de EGOS. También fuimos bendecidos con la compañía de la magnífica Patricia y su magnífica creatividad.

Aprendimos del año anterior, cuando nos sentimos abrumados por la cantidad de estudiantes. Esta vez nos reunimos más tarde por la tarde e incluimos menos de 10. Todos tomaron aproximadamente una hora para prepararnos, y luego comenzamos a trabajar en las calles.

La primera mitad de la sesión fue totalmente digital, y cuando la luz era perfecta, se usó la cámara analógica. En este marco encontramos una tienda en la esquina y les preguntamos a los hombres si podían usar el espacio. Estuvieron de acuerdo y en medio de la gente que caminaba, usamos dos rollos para fotografiar 24 imágenes.

En medio del rollo de Laura, un gato decidió aparecer. Fue mágico, y tratamos de ser lo más tranquilos posible. El gato estuvo sereno todo el tiempo, miró a Laura a veces y miró a la calle otras veces. ¡Fue perfecto!


Laura + Cat, Old Havana, Cuba, 2018

This past summer my dear friend Gysleda came up with the idea of walking around the city with some of her students from EGOS. We were blessed also with the company of the magnificent Patricia and her superb creativity.

We learned from the previous year, when we were overwhelmed by the number of students. This time around we met later in the afternoon and included less than 10. Everyone took about an hour to get ready, and then we began our work in the streets.

The first half of the session was all digital, and when the light was perfect the analog camera was used. In this frame we found a corner store and asked the men inside if we could use the space. They agreed and in the middle of people walking around we used two rolls to photograph 24 images.

In the middle of Laura's roll, a cat decided to appear. It was magical, and we tried to be as calm as possible. The cat was serene the entire time, looked at Laura sometimes and looked to the street other times. It was perfect!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

El Verano Pasado, Cuba, 2018

¡Sentado en mi casa esta noche y escaneando la película del año pasado en Cuba!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Students + Classroom, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2018

A rare glimpse into her world is seen here, as a photograph of the girls is usually impermissible. It is an honor to have permission to do so. The team in her village is working hard to make the school as successful as possible. 

In six weeks I will be standing in this spot, as well in adjacent villages and madrasas, in order to gain further understanding of the need and to help implement the educational program desired by the community. The result so far has been very encouraging, and we have begun the implementation. We have gained the support of the community, began the process of putting together at least three sewing centers, and are working towards our first model, village school in the region.

It has been my honor to bring this proposal to this circle, and I look forward to sharing more news as it develops. 
Anyone interested in joining us will also be matched 1:1, making that difference more incredible.


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

Laura + Museo, La Habana, Cuba, 2018

Es imposible esperar para imprimir estés negativos para mostrar el mundo, para decirle al mundo, “mira el milagro que es el pueblo cubano!”

En esta serie tenemos el talento increíble de Laura Rivalta, en frente del Museo de Bellas Artes en La Habana, Cuba. Gracias a Yudel R. Contreras Garcia y sus creaciones de moda, se hicieron estas imágenes atemporales.

¡Y gracias a Gysleda Virginia De La Barca Vega
 por su guía, su visión y su amabilidad!


Nota: Hasselblad 503 CW/180 mm.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Melissa y El Mar, Santa Maria Del Mar, Cuba, 2018

A diferencia del año anterior, en julio pasado, el océano fue lo suficientemente sereno para que colaboráramos. Aprovechamos la oportunidad para saltar con algunas personas maravillosas, como con Melissa.

Fuimos a la playa e inmediatamente caminamos hacia el agua. La cámara en mano fue la Fuji GA645, que se compró hace unos años específicamente para las sesiones en el agua.

Melissa fue especial ... como el año anterior en la cancha cercana. Nos lo pasamos genial e hicimos imágenes memorables al mismo tiempo.

Verlos escaneados me proporciona un gran sentido de logro. ¡Juntos hemos creado imágenes para las generaciones futuras, los sueños y visiones de increíbles cubanos para que el mundo los vea!


Unlike the year before, this past July the ocean was serene enough for us to collaborate. We took advantage of the opportunity to jump right in with some wonderful people, such as with Melissa.

We drove out to the beach and immediately walked into the water. The camera in hand was the Fuji GA645, purchased a few years ago specifically for the sessions in the water.

Melissa was special... like the year before at the racquetball court nearby. We had a great time and made memorable images at the same time.

To see them scanned provides me with a great sense of accomplishment. We have together created images for future generations, the dreams and visions of incredible Cubans for the world to see!


Nota: Hasselblad 503 CW/100 mm.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Karen + Laura, La Habana, Cuba, 2018

Es imposible esperar para imprimir estés negativos para mostrar el mundo, para decirle al mundo, “mira el milagro que es el pueblo cubano!” 

En esta serie tenemos a Karen Machado Vazquez Laura Rivalta, y trabajaron perfectamente juntas de una imagen a la otra. Era como ver un baile entre dos personas perfectamente sincronizadas.


Nota: Hasselblad 503 CW/180 mm.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Es imposible esperar para imprimir estés negativos para mostrar el mundo, para decirle al mundo, “mira el milagro que es el pueblo cubano!"


Nota: Hasselblad 503 CW/100 mm con Ilford Delta 400. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hands + Thread, India, 2018

As 2018 ends I would like to thank those of us who have supported the schools for girls in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. With your collective help the schools continue to provide an education to girls who would otherwise be lacking such. 

The thread in this young student's hands is perhaps a symbol of the connection all of us have to each other, and to those unknown to us as well. The few who have come together in support of this work have done so without having ever met these students. Yet all of you do so without asking for anything in return.

I am deeply moved by your reactions and would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year from all of us in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and beyond!

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 503 CW/180 mm lens combination and is being seen for the first time since it was made earlier this year.


Manos + Hilo, India, 2018

Al finalizar el 2018, me gustaría agradecer a quienes hemos apoyado las escuelas para niñas en Rajasthan y Uttar Pradesh. Con su ayuda colectiva, las escuelas continúan brindando educación a las niñas que de lo contrario carecerían de tal educación.

El hilo en las manos de este joven estudiante es quizás un símbolo de la conexión que todos tenemos entre nosotros, y también con aquellos que desconocemos. Los pocos que se han unido para apoyar este trabajo lo han hecho sin haber conocido a estos estudiantes. Sin embargo, todos ustedes lo hacen sin pedir nada a cambio.

Estoy profundamente conmovido por sus reacciones y me gustaría desearles a todos un feliz año nuevo de parte de todos nosotros en Rajasthan y Uttar Pradesh, ¡y más allá!

Nota: esta imagen se realizó con una combinación de lentes Hasselblad 503 CW / 180 mm y se ve por primera vez desde que se realizó a principios de este año.

Note: this image was made with a Hasselblad 501 CM/180 mm lens combination.