Blue & Yonder Mountains | Nha Trang

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Portraits in Polaroids

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Color Riots & Spices in Goa, India

A window with oyster shells in Goa, India.

It’s criminally easy to take photographs in India. That’s the whole truth of it. There’s something at every corner and around every bend. Garlands of flowers adorning doorways. Hawkers peddling fruits and other goods. Walls splashed with texts and debris and layers of paint stretching as far back as anyone knows. Cows ringing bells in the streets. Burning altars and saris spread out like rainbows across market aisles. It’s frenetic and wonderful and curious and friendly, above all else.

And so it was in Goa, as we traveled through old Portuguese towns that felt faded and lived in. Over cobbled streets that buckled and waved with the passage of time. From the beaches that line its western edges to the inner forests and rivers and white-washed churches standing sentry on lonely hilltops and in sprawling empty gardens, everywhere we went we were met with something new and exciting and altogether unexpected. We were stared at and bumped against, crowded into small cars and buses with far too many other people. And we were invited into homes. Cooked for and cared for and sent on our way with stomachs full of love and naan and lots of curry. And that was better than OK.

India presents itself as a chaotic cliche of Asia, but it’s so much more than that. And because it’s so hard to explain, I’m just going to leave it there. Better to show it in photographs. And so.

A portrait of an elderly Indian man in Goa, India.
An old painted over advertisement for Kingfisher Beer in Panjim, India.
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The daily menu at La Venite restaurant in Panjim, India.
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Palm trees and small shops along Anjuna Beach in northern Goa, India.
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Tearsheets | Goa, India

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Sometimes the hardest thing about working on a great story is having to wait for the article to be published. I traveled to Goa in early January of this year–one of my first assignments for 2016–knowing at the time that the piece wouldn’t see the light of day until summer. It was a difficult one to sit on. I had a great time touring through the state, and even managed to stretch the trip to get a little vacation in. You can read the article over at Endless Vacation. A big thanks to everyone involved for helping create such a great looking and well-written story. I’ll post some outtakes and alternate photos soon. Until then.

Sneak Peek | Sula AW2016

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Just a quick image from Carsluith, in southern Scotland. From a cold and windy forest near a loch, most likely. It’s so ridiculously beautiful here. I’m staying in a cottage in the countryside. Cows and sheep for neighbors. More to come. Soon. When I’m back to civilization.

Tearsheets | Child Boxing in Thailand

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This past month, I was contacted by Esquire in Singapore to shoot a feature on child boxing in the countryside outside of Bangkok, Thailand. The writer and I spent two days following different families a few hours outside of the capital. We watched as the kids trained and fought, but also as they just hung out with their relatives, all of whom lived in poor rural communities, and were simply trying to make ends meet in whatever ways they could. But there was pride there as well. In these kids, in these families. Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand, can be everything to some of these children. It’s not fighting. It’s more than that. Much more. It’s an escape, mentally and physically. It’s growth. It’s beauty. It’s intellect. And above all else, it’s discipline. And everything else.

Bridal | Danang, Vietnam

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Just a simple image from a wedding at the Naman Resort in Danang, Vietnam. A bride framed by palm trees and a distant sky on a clear sunny morning before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Simple. But sometimes that’s all you need.

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