Posted on September 30, 2014
I just wanted to post a few outtakes from my recent TIME magazine assignment in Quang Tri, central Vietnam. It was only a two-page spread with two images used, but I spent a full two days shooting, and I got to see some pretty amazing things while on the job, including a bomb removal from a local village, a few stops at the homes of families who were being helped by Chuck’s programs, and a pretty awesome white phosphorous fireworks display in the middle of an empty stretch of sand near the coast. Here’s the story again, for those who missed it the first time around: War to Peace.
Posted on September 25, 2014
I know there’s been a bit of relative radio silence on my end of this blog. Sorry about that. I’ve actually been quite busy, and a lot of my present projects are still unpublished as of now, which makes it difficult to write about what I’m working on. But one cool thing is that this story for TIME magazine just went to print. About a guy named Chuck Searcy, who’s doing some pretty amazing things down in Quang Tri province, one of the most heavily bombed areas of Vietnam during the Vietnam-American War. You can read the article, written by a good friend and great writer, David Stout, here: War to Peace. I’ll try to post some of the outtakes in the next few days as well. So until then.
Posted on August 26, 2014
I just developed some old film from Cape Town, South Africa. I left it out for a few months, open to the sun and heat and humidity of northern Vietnam. So now all the numbers from the film paper have burned through and mold has started to grow on all of the images, giving them an aged, washed-out kind of feel. I like it for the few photographs from the trip that I like. Here’s a homemade panorama from the tip of the continent.
Posted on August 8, 2014
I love working on travel stories in Ho Chi Minh City, but I don’t get to do it nearly enough. So I was very excited when United Airlines contacted me about a piece they were doing on the southern metropolis a few months back–a pretty free-form, first-person narrative from a great writer/novelist in the US centered around the eventual adoption of his friend after being left on the banks of the Saigon river at the end of the Vietnam-American War. I got to spend three days just roaming the city and taking things in while taking my photographs. Kind of the perfect job. Here are the tearsheets from the piece, which I think look great, as well as some outtakes from the journey. You can read the story HERE. Or, if you have some time, check out my other published work on my site HERE.
Posted on July 31, 2014
A few months back I got to take a trip with a good friend and writer for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia to Bai Tu Long Bay in northern Vietnam. Which is basically a lot like its really famous big brother Ha Long Bay, just a little smaller and slightly more out of the way. Same karst landscapes, same lime green waters, and unfortunately, at times, the same pollution problems the bigger bay has, apparently due to the international shipping lanes just beyond. Though if you can just look past the (maybe more than occasional) trash floating on by, it really is a majestic and awe-inspiring landscape. Highly recommended for a few nights of peaceful respite. Here’s the tearsheet and a few outtakes that didn’t make it into the story. Enjoy!
Posted on July 26, 2014
A few weeks back, I shot a really interesting story with Mike Ives (among the top writers in this region in my opinion) about the drop offs in Chinese tourism in central Vietnam. We spent a few days in Danang speaking with tourism officials, hotel managers, and the handful of Chinese businessmen we could find. What was just a few months ago a city with a heavy reliance on tours from all over China, has now seen nearly 100% of those tours cancel, and hotels are reeling and travel agencies are wondering what the future holds. And I’m wasting my time writing anything about it, when really you should just be reading the article (and watching the slideshow): China Tensions Choke Off Tourism to Vietnam.
Posted on July 16, 2014
I’m currently working in Tokyo, Japan, and had some free time to wander around the Shibuya crossing area with my Fuji X-Pro1. Nothing industry-shifting, just a few snapshots while I waited to meet up with friends for the night. I love the Fuji camera for carrying around when I’m traveling and not actively on assignment–light, lithe, and likely as not to get a good shot on the go. And it fits oh so well over your shoulder.