Work Style Magazine featured a story about youth in Ethiopia and included images of my market worker series.
I love shooting for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and this last shoot was exceptionally fun!
Here are two renditions of the poster they created for this performance.
Photographing Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini was a highlight of my career. He was alert, game for anything, and even taught me a lesson or two.
Photographing a person always has a spiritual feeling for me, but standing before Acosia as she dissolved one with her land was quite an astonishing and humbling experience.
We have so much to learn from our land’s indigenous culture.
Go to a pow wow, not only to watch the dancing, but also cross the cultural divide, dismiss any personal shyness and hesitation, and spend some time talking with someone from a tribe. Listen to their tales of history and beliefs. It’s opened my world and shifted my thinking substantially.
I can’t thank Acosia enough for letting me into a small part of her rhythmic world.
This assignment from 1859 Magazine goes down as one of my all time favorites! The editor, Kevin Max, and I drove all around Oregon talking with young farmers who are devoted to bringing good things to our tables.
From fruit to cows to pigs to wheat, and even vacant city lot planted vegetables, we learned a lot about what it takes to make a commitment to growing things and understanding the unpredictable nature of land.
Here’s a collective cheer to these fascinating and energetic souls!
“Abebe” has been curated into the upcoming “Blue” show at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction in Vermont.
We are especially excited for this, as this image is being considered as a cover for the upcoming book that will be released in September 2014.
All images from The Mercato Workers series were taken in the market in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
What an honor to be included in the Portland Art Museum’s Brown Bag Series!
The title of my lecture was “Humanity Before Us: Crossing The Cultural Divide“. I spoke about the lessons I garner from the various cultures I am assigned to photograph. This also includes my own self assignments with “cultures” such as my own family background and heritage. Coming to terms with our own reflection can be daunting at times, and I wanted this lecture to expose the good and the bad and everything in-between.
We are human. We all make mistakes. What is most enriching and important is how we take our own platforms of experience and adversity and move them into new ventures, relationships and art.
Here is a poem written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus that I have loved since I was a very young girl:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
(Photo by Jon Combs of Pro Photo Supply)
I will be returning to the Afar region of Ethiopia this December to further develop the series. It is my hope that these images will bring awareness to the critical needs of these nomadic tribes.
Please see the Barbara May Foundation regarding ways you can join this rally. For large USA based donations, contact me for the 501C3 organization that directly funds this organization and its highly effective projects.
For more information, please refer to the Afar Pastoralist Development Association.
“Selam” and “Construction Worker, Addis Ababa” were honored at the International Photography Awards “One World” contest with Honorable Mentions.
I am especially happy when images from Ethiopia get this kind of notice as the people there are so incredibly beautiful, inside and out.
Today, May 23, we celebrate International End Fistula Day. May we band together to rally around the women who do not have access to health care and surgical procedures that can prevent this devastating condition.
The Guardian published an article about Dr. Hamlin and her life long quest to see the eradication of this condition.