Posted on April 22, 2014
A few weeks back, I was in Laos covering a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign with Seattle-based NGO PATH. We were working out of Xiangkhouang Province, near the historic Plain of Jars, as well as in the capital of Vientiane. Basically seeking out human interest stories amidst the vaccination effort, trying to find families who had been affected, nurses who had cared for patients, etc. We ended up with some truly heartbreaking case studies, and met two families in particular who had been devastated by the disease.
The photos here are a glimpse into the trip, from the towns we passed through to the people we met and the vaccination efforts and more. It was an eye-opening journey, and one that I won’t soon forget. Hopefully the work we were able to do will further hinder the spread of the virus, and make the country that much safer. For more information on the campaign, check out this post: Vaccines in Laos.
Posted on April 19, 2014
Posted on April 17, 2014
I’m in Pampanga province in the Philippines, staying with a lovely older woman and a few writers, eating livers, lungs, vinegar-soaked chicken thighs, buckets of halo-halo, and more fried pork skins then I’d care to recall, waiting for tomorrow, April 18th, Good Friday, when the above three men will begin a slow march through the streets of this small town toward a low lying hill in an empty, sun-scorched lot, where there they’ll erect crosses and nail themselves to those crosses and be strung out to hang and endure and know the agonies and sacrifices of their Lord Jesus Christ before the prying and giddy and all-seeing eyes of some tens of thousands of spectators. Should be fun. More later.
Posted on April 4, 2014
I worked on a story last month for The New York Times about a Japanese-owned pizza joint in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s honestly probably the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Anything I could possibly write about it here has already been written in the article. So here are just a few photo outtakes. You can (should) read the story here: In Vietnam, Pizza From Farm to Table.
Posted on March 29, 2014
I’m currently in Phonsavan, Laos with a great group of people, working on a pretty cool little assignment. I can’t say much about it at the moment, only that it’s always tough making things happen in a timely manner in far away locales, but it helps having a good team there with you. Laos is no exception, and Phonsavan takes the take-it-easy mentality of the rest of the country and really runs with it. And who knew, there are tons of Vietnamese living in this province, so I can actually communicate with some people. Who knew. The above photo is a Phonsavan cityscape at dusk. I liked the little figure in the doorway, dwarfed by the surrounding town and mountains.
Posted on March 22, 2014
I just finished up a great little shoot in Hanoi, Vietnam for The Wall Street Journal. A travel story centered around the capital’s split personality, its wonderful and often weird fusions of the past and present. The writer did a bang up job researching the piece, including some oft overlooked spots like Manzi and 54 traditions, among others. Here’s the article: Two Ways to see Hanoi.
The photographs here are just outtakes from the assignment, images I liked but didn’t make it into the final layout. The city’s been gray and overcast and raining for weeks now, so it was a definite challenge getting good photos. I could have done with some nicer light, some afternoon sun or something, but alas. We can’t always get what we want.
Posted on March 17, 2014
Last month a designer at Vice Magazine got in touch to ask about using one of my images for an advertisement for their Fightland series. They had previously filmed at Klong Prem, the same penitentiary I photographed for my Prison Fights story, so the connection made a lot of sense. I was able to get inside some of the cells and take portraits of the same prisoners they had filmed fighting in the ring. I’m super happy with how they treated the design; I think it looks great. The image above is a little before and after sequence.
You can also read more about these Prison Fights and see another of my photographs over at TIME. Here’s a link to the story: Prison Inmates in Thailand Fight Foreigners for Their Freedom. Good stuff.