One from Nagasaki, Japan

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I’m currently on another assignment in Japan. This time on the southernmost island of Kyushu, eating my way across cities and towns and beautiful mountainous landscapes. Here’s a quick image from Nagasaki. More to come.

Thailand | Koh Samui Island

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With its cobalt blue waters and honey-colored sands, coconut trees jutting forth from palm-fringed beaches, and small fishing villages and five-star resorts lining the coasts in every direction, Koh Samui is, by all standard and accepted definitions, an island paradise. It’s reputation with travelers and backpackers and attendees of countless destination weddings every year is pretty much unrivaled. And rightfully so. It’s beautiful. Trust me. I spent three full days doing little more than zigzagging the entirety of the Thai island on a motorbike and taking pictures for a photo essay for Fah Thai magazine, which you can see in the previous post. Here are some outtakes and personal favorites from the trip. Enjoy. And as always, you can see more of my travel photography on my website.

Coconut spa products at the Four Seasons in Koh Samui, Thailand.
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Overlooking the sea from the Six Senses Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand.
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Tearsheets | Coconuts in Koh Samui

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Last month, amidst a flurry of assignments in major metropolises across Asia, I was sent to Koh Samui in southern Thailand for Fah Thai Magazine for a few days of relative peace and calm to photograph the myriad ways the humble coconut is used in cooking, medicine, and daily life on the island. It was a nice respite. Almost a vacation of sorts. I simply rented a motorbike and drove around with my camera for three days, trying to cover as much ground as possible. INK Global is one of my favorite clients, and this job was a good example of why I love working with them so much–a fun story in a great location with beautiful design in the final publication. I’ll be back soon with some outtakes from my time on the island. But for now, here’s the spread.

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Vietnam | Emeralda Resort

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I spent a few days last week photographing the Emeralda Resort on the outskirts of Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam. Here are just a few images from the property, which is in a beautiful locale a few hours away from Hanoi, spread out across the rice fields and karst mountains and winding streams of the area. A great weekend escape, for sure. Especially this time of year, when the sun is bright and the weather is cool and the buffalo are out roaming wild and free.

Archival Footage | Overture

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In an effort to make this blog a bit more dynamic and active, I’m going to start a new periodic series of posts, looking back at past work and stories and assignments. Ideally, these new posts won’t just be a way to fill space though. I’ll try to look at my old work through fresh eyes, find alternate takes and unused images, and delve a bit deeper into the stories and circumstances surrounding them. Each will be marked as Archived Footage. There won’t be any structure or reason to the way they’re posted, but I’ll be looking at the beginning of my career, starting in 2009, up to my most recent work, when applicable. I’ll include editorial, documentary, and commercial jobs, along with some of the personal projects I’ve worked on along the way. So yeah. More soon.

Landscape in Blue

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Just a simple panorama. Part of nothing. Thinking about updating the blog, starting a new series of posts looking back at old work, posting more often, keeping things more active than they’ve been in a while. A lot of my work can’t be shown, or is caught up in limbo while awaiting publication, so I’m thinking of more ways to publish more stories here. Archival footage, simple single images, tearsheets, personal work, and more. So stay tuned. As always.

Hotel Noir

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Sometimes, when the days are long and the edits longer and the weight of so many assignments feels heavy and never-ending and my work falls into an inefficient haze, I like to take a step back and refocus my energy and look at old work paired with new work and forgotten frames and sometimes, just sometimes, this method of refocusing yields fun and interesting and odd results. Like noticing that with a little creative editing, some of my previous hotel and resort shoots take on a bit of a film noir air. A kind of grim bleakness which stands in stark contrast to the idyllic locales and pampered states where most of these places actually exist. It’s a fun way of looking at your own photography, through this warped and cracked and backwards looking glass.

A view over Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from Bitexco Tower.
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A man looks over a landscape in Con Dao, Vietnam.
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Early morning at Song Saa resort in southern Cambodia.
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