Ethiopia: Medical Mission Trip

In a few weeks, I will be joining a team of doctors in Ethiopia to document their surgical work on prolapse cases in this country.  We also will be documenting fistula situations in hopes of bringing more doctors to Ethiopia to teach preventative surgeries and perform repair surgeries. OHSU is considering the feasibility of setting up a rotation of doctors to hospitals in Ethiopia.

In addition to the medical imagery, I will focus on the overall culture and will continue my efforts with relaying the importance of sports in developing countries.  The Fitness Director from the Physical Education Department at the University of Oregon will be going on this trip and I will be able to document some foot races and soccer matches that are being coordinated by Ethiopians near Gimbie.

Our travels will take us to Bahirdar, Addis Ababa and Gimbie, as well as to some rural clinics in small villages.

Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply for their support with the photographic gear and printing aspect of this field study.

Mercy Corps NW: ReFraming ReEntry Project

I am working on a photo voice project for Mercy Corps NW with my good friend Julie Resnick (who did a similar project in Uganda).  We have given Canon G10 cameras and journals to women who recently have been released from prison so they can document their transition back into society.

The experiences have been stunningly difficult, with many situations that are quite surprising to all of us.  Stay tuned for more on this!

Many thanks to ProPhoto Supply for their support of this project.

Lifesong Adventures: Man Vs Wild

I had a great time photographing a wilderness adventure last week for 1859 Magazine.  The organizing company is Lifesong Adventures, and they custom fit wilderness adventures for any group, any where.  I can’t say enough great things about this organization.  They are field experts in a variety of wilderness training, from shelter building to animal tracking to what you can and can’t eat while lost in the forest.

Owners Mark and Celeste are consultants on the Man Vs Wild TV series, but their most enjoyment comes from teaching all of us how to live with only a knife and some flint in the wilderness.  Girls take note:  they love it when you sign up!  And this felt more like Man WITH Wild.

Here are a few images from the shoot.  Full story will be run in the April issue of 1859 Magazine.  The last image is of the bear that tried to get into my cabin one night.  (Photo courtesy of Celeste Cole)

Oregon Ballet Theatre Approves Ad

I am very excited about some great news today! While creating the headshots of all ballet dancers who dance at Oregon Ballet Theatre, I kept thinking about a potential ad for them that would enable the general public to get to know the dancers a bit more intimately.  I contacted my ad agency friend and told him what I was thinking. He created some quick concepts, we met with the marketing team at OBT, and they liked the ad.

I than contacted the editor at 1859 Magazine, asked about potentially running the ad, and today they told me that they will be the first to run the ad.  A full page ad will run in their Winter 2010 issue.

Here is the ad.  I would like this campaign to run as a series using all of the dancers’ photos and words.  We are also looking at changing the font type to be each dancer’s handwriting instead of text.

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My Daughter Brynn

Brynn and I got into the studio to make her senior portraits, and after a bit of back and forth on styling (I should hire her!) we came up with some fun shots.  Here are two that we both liked best.

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Second Studio Needs Someone To Love It!

My second studio next door to the main studio could use some lovin’.  Since most of my assignments have been on location recently, the second studio is not being used as much.  I would like to find a part-time renter to share it with me.

Here is a photo:

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Goodbye Camera

I just received a beautiful photo from a far away land, sent by the person who bought one of my Canon 5Ds. It is like I gave it up for adoption, and now it gets to see things I will never see. I’m very happy about it all…but then, I feel a tiny tug of heart since it was my constant companion for many years.

I wish it the best, and I am thrilled to see what it can do when cherished in the arms of another. I never pointed it toward a landscape, and could not capture something such as this.

My shiny new camera sits near me, all awkward like a new lover.

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The above photo was taken by Drew Burdick.  He sent this poem to me, along with the photo:

aloha, rhythm:
the heartbeat
of an ocean.
headlights on the breeze,
found beneath
this single tree:
mahalo, love.


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