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

The Bassist

A few weeks ago I traveled to Hong Kong to film a project for some friends. While I was there I spent a bit of time filming Nick Banks practicing the base. It really didn't fit in the other project we were working on so I created a short film with the footage titled,...

Feeding Fascination

I want to pursue a fascination with the lives and culture of the people I meet. How do we show value to people who are different from us. How do we engage with others in a way that is valuing to them and their way of seeing the world. How can we eliminate the instinct...

Elements of Faith – Wat Phra That Doi Kham –

I spent a couple hours yesterday exploring a local Wat and trying to transfer my prefered style of photography to video. I wanted to accentuate the human element, to wonder in the beauty of gesture, and nuance of movement. This is the result of that...

The Privilege of Escape

How do we deal with situations that we can escape and get away from but there are people who cannot leave and are trapped? (This article was written in Nov, 2017) I have been mentally struggling lately with situations going on in the world that I cannot change and...

Fear Lingers but Hope Sells

With all the crazy things going on in the world recently I have been thinking about how we relate to two conflicting ideas, hope and fear. How we relate to them personally and how we should (or shouldn’t) be using them in humanitarian and nonprofit marketing....

Fascination is Foundational to Connection

Fascination is Foundational to Connection If there is one thing that seems to drive photographers it is fascination. For some photographers it is a fascination with beautiful landscapes and nature, for others the beauty of architecture or fashion, or even the ability...

Ownership vs Passivity – The Language We Use to Frame Our Lives

Ownership vs Passivity - The Language We Use to Frame Our Lives The use and effect of language in our lives has become a point of interest and reflection for me over the last year. It started as an interest in how to help humanitarian organizations communicate more...

A Quick Trip to Pai, Thailand.

For christmas this week we took a quick trip to Pai, Thailand. It was the first chance we've had to get away and explore as a family in over a year. We visited the "Grand Canyon of Pai" the first day and the Holy Bamboo Bridge and a small waterfall the second day. I...

Documentary Photography’s Obsession with Dehumanizing

Documentary photography's obsession with dehumanizing. I am beginning to have a problem with the documentary photography world in general. Not with every documentary photographer, but with the established standards of what is good documentary photography. My problem...

Permission

I am currently in the process of reading Linch Pin by Seth Godin. As I’ve been reading, one idea keeps hitting me between the eyes. We spend our entire lives learning to and being trained to wait for permission to act. In school we need permission to go to the...

M&M’s and Nonprofit Marketing

Taking the M&M’s out of Nonprofit marketing As a humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and marketer I spend a decent amount of time engaging with nonprofit organizations in their social media and website spaces. Over the last couple of years I have seen a marketing...

The Celebration of Insignificant Self Denial – Our Hero Complex

“For less than the price of a cup of coffee each week” or “for less than a dollar a day”, you can… “ Sponsor a child", "Help someone start a business", "Give someone clean water", "change the world", "Be a hero …"! Can we stop for a minute and think about this? Can I...

What I Value at 40 – A Brief Manifesto

I have often struggled and to be honest, I still do at many times, with a lack of outwardly visible success in my work. I don’t have a lot of followers, very few people will read this post. I have not won any awards nor have I been invited to photograph any stories...

The Uncomfortable Space of Unsolvable Problems

I read an article recently that got me thinking how we engage with unsolvable problems as a western culture. The article by Kainoa Little can be found here: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/05/no-one-buy-photos-free-mosul-2017/. I would encourage you to take a minute and...

Is There a Minimum Effective Level of Compassion?

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about the way we relate to charitable acts and what compels us to act in compassionate ways. I asked a question on my Facebook page a few weeks ago and the response to that and to my previous article on comfort and...

Batman or Alfred – Choosing Our Nonprofit Persona

When we interact with advertising produced by companies trying to sell us something we rarely, if ever, take the time to consider if the company that is selling the product is worthy to receive the money. We are only thinking about the satisfaction, pleasure, or...

This is Why I Travel – A Craving for Authentic Experiences

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal on assignment. After my assignment was finished I stayed for a couple of extra days to experience Kathmandu for myself. As I wandered the famous sites in and around Kathmandu I realized something about why...

Why Comfort is a Brutal Master

I’ve been realizing lately how much I my actions are affected by an instinctual desire for comfort and convenience. Our desire for comfort is a brutal master that offers no release from its bondage. Our pursuit of convenience is continually driving us to purchase and...

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