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Metablog

The photography aficionado site Picsart recently featured an interview with me about my Racers series.

Grandfamilies in Arizona, for MCF

I just got back from Phoenix where I spent most of last week hanging out with ‘grandfamiles’: families where children are being raised by their grandparents. Story, photos and video to come…

Pelle Larsen, for Dagbladet Børsen (Denmark)

Seems like everything I do these days is in some way related to Microsoft. I suppose that makes sense, considering where I live. This was a portrait shoot for the leading Danish financial publication Dagbladet Børsen- Pelle Larsen is a globe trotting Microsoft exec based in Singapore.

‘Impatient Optimist’, for the Gates Foundation

I I was at the Foundation recently to cover the unveiling of “Impatient Optimist” by American artist Janet Echelman. Very impressive piece I must say. The colors change to match sunrises happening around the world in real time.

Recent Microsoft incarnations

New portraits for Cityvision Magazine

Day 18, Rio Grande

This sadly is my final contribution to the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition, a post that I wrote and shot about a family affected by questionable water quality in El Cenizo, TX . Being a part of this project was incredible. I only wish I could do more. Godspeed to Colin- finish strong, and thank you for bringing me on for a spell.

Day 16, Rio Grande

It was one of the nicest sunsets I’ve seen since joining Colin on this expedition. But knowing our time on the Kickapoo Reservation was limited, and having only just spotted the towering lights of the casino parking lot peeking out over the giant cane, it was also a stressful sunset. My best bet for pictures was to find something interesting to shoot tonight, before it got dark, and we were still on the river.

Finally we hit the take out. Colin agreed to haul our gear 300 yards to the hotel while I shot out in search of … something.

I was prepared for failure — the odds were against me. The sun neared the horizon while I walked into the small cluster of mobile homes just down the main street from the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel. First six homes, nothing. And then, a dog. Kids. Adults. A gerbil.

I introduced myself and explained why I was talking so quickly, that the sun was going down and tomorrow we were leaving early and could I please take some pictures of … whatever it is you’re doing?

Without hesitation— in part due to the irresistible allure of this expedition, but perhaps mostly due to the good-natured warmth I’m coming to expect from people along the river — they welcomed me into the yard. Within three minutes I was crouched down shooting pictures of smiles, tears, laughter, and the most intense thing I hope to see on this trip: a very lopsided pet smackdown between a dog and a gerbil.

As the kids looked on and the gerbil lay motionless in the grass, I thought about how incredibly random things have been on this trip, and how powerful moments have come from simply pressing forward, even when possibilities seem remote.


On assignment: day 13, Rio Grande

It’s been hard keeping my blog updated during this trip; the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition site is the best place to see this work. Incredible trip so far. A little more than a week to go.

Day 10, Rio Grande