Thursday, December 8, 2022

2 Girls +9 Frames, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2020

I can’t imagine taking only monochrome film with me to India and am grateful to have taken the chance years ago… the colors of the shawls and faces in Uttar Pradesh!

Teacher and Student, Sewing Center, Virat Nagar, Rajasthan, India, 2020

2020 was like another world, and I hope that this community is safe during these difficult days. Soon we hope that the centers can reopen and that they can make more beautiful clothing for their families and learn a valuable trade at the same time. In this picture stand the teacher and her student, on the rooftop which once did not exist when we first began our photography in 2006. Amazing how photography has documented the changes my eyes have witnessed over the years.

Anais as a Boy, Centro Habana, Cuba 2018

Nothing like looking through a large loupe at my life's memories, including this special image of Anais during my last trip to the island. We have been collaborating since she was barely 8 years old back in 2008, when we met in front of her dance school. Now she wanted to make a series as a boy, and we borrowed some clothes from a dear friend for this occasion. This space was next to my apartment in Centro Habana. So we picked her up early in the morning and headed to this apartment building. She was just perfect, as always.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Silver Gelatin Print in the Darkroom, Imperial Sand Dunes, California, 2019

Yet another print from my time at Imperial Sand Dunes a few years ago. Walking around these dunes is like finding a visual treat over every sand dune, and it's hard to keep from putting the tripod down for another image. The contrast between light and shadow is breathtaking.

Note: this frame was made with a Hasselblad V System and a 100mm C lens.

Patricia + Dress from Yudel, La Habana, Cuba, 2018

Thanks to Yudel Contreras and Gysleda with ModaEgos for helping me a better photographer, and for enabling this series. The dresses of Yudel are just magnificent, and Gysleda's vision is incomparable. More than 14 years have passed since we first met at ModaEgos and the relationship continues building to this day. My hope is that 2023 sees us collaborating once again in the streets of that incredible city, La Habana.

Thank you Patricia for that great morning with you in the streets of your beautiful city!

PS Negative exposed with a Hasselblad 503CW/180mm combination.

Young Girls, The Gambia, 2006

Pierre Verger’s portraits in this region were on my mind as we walked onto the beach of this fishing village. It was hard enough to walk into the crowd as the only non-African, but the crowd was more than friendly. After setting up the camera many were curious enough to allow their portraits. 

Young Woman + Kanjar Community, Rajasthan, India

Let’s imagine for one minute sitting on a bench on the side of the road, looking into a mirror making sure the presentation is just right. Then imagine one of the countless truck drivers passing by notices and stops. The man then walks over to inquire about certain services. Then let’s imagine that our uncle comes over to agree on the price before we are expected to perform those services in our own home.

This is the reality for this young women, her aunts, her nieces and neighbors. Her community trades in sex, and the women are the products which the men of the community trade. 

Our minute of our imagination is her reality for 1,440 minutes each day.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Sand Dunes + Clouds, Imperial Sand Dunes, California, 2019

Another print from the Imperial Sand Dunes, this time at the end of the day as I was walking back to the main road. The landscape is such a marvelous place, with scenes around each corner. Just when you think you're done, you end up putting the tripod down and getting ready for another exposure.

PS This negative was exposed in 2019 with a Hasselblad 501CM/100mm combination and printed in the darkroom to 11x14, tones in selenium for permanence. 


Dunes and Brush, Imperial Sand Dunes, California, 2019

Although I love the portraits, it's time to take a short break and print the landscape images from California and Utah. While working my first corporate gig a few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel the States and bring my camera along. This landscape is from Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California.

PS This negative was exposed in 2019 with a Hasselblad 501CM/100mm combination and printed in the darkroom to 11x14, toned in selenium for permanence. 

School Children + Classroom, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2019

This is what happens when the digital camera comes out. The girls get even more adventurous and call me over while the men are having tea. I’m blessed to have film portraits of all these girls, and some digital images as a reminder of our times together. Their school is one of the schools with which we will be collaborating in 2023. Their headmaster is interested in providing a fuller education to these young girls, who don't attend the government school in this very conservative community.