Thoughts and insights about humanitarian photography, filmmaking, and non-profit communications, with the occasional collection of travel images and musings about places I visit.

Humanitian Photography and the Decisive Moment

The more time I spend photographing people, especially children. The more I embrace and connect with Henry Cartie-Bresson’s phrase “The decisive moment." When you are working with people especially in a documentary, portraiture sense, it is key to capture these...

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A Slow Evolution in Photography

Many years ago when I started pursuing my interest in photography, my goals were fairly simple. I was really interested in two things, creating beautiful photos, and being recognized for taking good photos. To be more specific I wanted to create single stand alone,...

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Commitment

As we've been traveling and working with humanitarian organizations over the last two and a half years, I have slowly begun to realize the problem most nonprofit and humanitarian organizations are facing. It comes disguised as lack of money, lack of quality volunteers...

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The Paradox of Photography

I’ve been working my way through the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert over the last week or so. Today I read a section on the paradox of art. As I sit here editing photos this morning, I am realizing how true that paradox really is. Elizabeth say's the paradox of...

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Old French Quarter – Hanoi, Vietnam

        French Old Quarter - Hanoi, Vietnam       The Old French Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam is growing on me. On my first trip in 2015 I found it busy and chaotic and struggled to find a photographic groove. My second trip in July of...

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It’s in the Eyes

The human eye is incredibly powerful. We all understand the incredible things that our eyes do every day to see the world around us, but that’s not really what I am talking about. The human eyes have amazing power to communicate, to build intimate connections, tear...

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Zuela’s Guesthouse

I recently had to make a trip from China into Laos to renew my days in county allowance for my Chinese visa. I have a 10 year visa but I am only allow 60 days in country at a time without leaving, so off to Laos we went. Since I knew it was coming I planned to help a...

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Macro Photograph on Tea Mountain, Pu’er, China

I often think I understand the story of a place based on what I see as I wander - the people, the landscapes, city streets, neighborhoods and restaurants. Over the last month I have had the opportunity to photograph the tea fields of Yunnan, China on a few occasions....

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Thoughts From the Road – Yunnan Coffee

I wanted to spend a few minutes reflecting on the last couple of weeks of work. I just finished a two week assignment working with Yunnan Coffee Traders in southern Yunnan, China. We spent most of our time photographing on coffee farms in the area. Two weeks ago I...

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Coffee and Tea Farming in Yunnan, China – Mr. Li

I met Mr. Li a couple of weeks ago on the Yunnan coffee and tea farm he manages in southwestern Yunnan, China while on assignment with Yunnan Coffee Traders. We arrived early enough to enjoy a late lunch with him and his wife. While waiting for lunch to be ready we...

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Early Morning – Sam Roi Yot, Thailand

Morning starts slow but early in Sam Roi Yot, Thailand. Roosters begin crowing hours before the sun breaks the horizon. Fires are started in the stoves at the small restaurant stalls that line the beach, causing a low hanging smoke to linger in the heavy damp morning...

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90km for Ian’s 9th birthday

Last week Ian and I rented a motorbike for the day and went off to explore the area around where we are staying here in Thailand. We decided to try all the back alleys and roads branching off from the main that looked interesting. Our first deviation from the well...

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Thoughts on Poverty

I wish I could lend you my eyes. Probably my ears as well. Not because they are special but because I don’t know how to translate what they have seen and heard to into words and give it the same meaning. I wish I could show you and let you hear the sights and sounds...

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Nightlight International – Bangkok, Thailand

On Friday I spent the day shooting photos for Nightlight International. Nightlight is an organization that helps women escape the sex industry in Bangkok, Thailand. They provide women who want to leave the sex industry with jobs, counseling, and education. While these...

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The Beauty of Context

As I write this I am scheduled to shoot an assignment for Nightlight International. They are an organization that works with women caught in the sex industry in Bangkok, Thailand. I visited their offices on Monday to get a feel for their place and see what they are...

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