Posted on August 15, 2015
A few images I just got developed from the frontier lands of northern Vietnam, in Ha Giang province. This was my third trip to the region, which is one of the most remote areas in all of Vietnam and home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia, in this humble photographer’s opinion. Anyway. Check out my website to see more of my ongoing work from Ha Giang and the ethnic minorities that comprise the bulk of the population there. Or, you know, whatever.
Posted on August 11, 2015
The foreboding mountainous landscapes of northern Vietnam are grim and beautiful and mysterious and every time I travel through Ha Giang Province I’m reminded of all of this and more. Last month, I took a road trip there with little more than a great friend, an old motorbike, a few small cameras, and a bag film of expired film. Here’s one quick picture. Blood red and blurry. More to come.
Posted on July 23, 2015
I’m finally back from Nova Scotia after photographing the beautiful, moving, and all around fantastic wedding of wedding photographer Julian Wainwright. Tomorrow, I’ll be bringing all of my film to get developed at the lab and I’ll be sifting through thousands of images to try and find a few hundred that might possibly live up to the actual awesomeness of the day itself. It’s a tall order. And but so for now, here’s a simple image of Ce overlooking the sea and some other distant shores. Wedding dress by the inimitable Thao Vu over at Kilomet 109.
Posted on July 11, 2015
So I’m currently in Canada photographing the wedding of a good friend who just happens to be one of the best wedding photographers in all of Southeast Asia. So the pressure is on. And I was fine with it. I thought I had it in the bag. I thought I knew what to expect. And then they showed up in matching pastel paisley suits and skirts and well, things went haywire from there. I’m guessing that by tomorrow the Halifax boardwalk will be filled with poor imitations and one-offs. A big congrats to Jules & Ce. Now I should probably be packing my camera bag instead of writing this post.
Posted on July 6, 2015
I spent a relaxing afternoon at the Singapore Zoo recently. And since I’m the world’s worst animal photographer, I just tried to take gritty artsy black and white images of some of the more interesting creatures that crawled, crept, and slithered close enough to my lens. So here are a few. I don’t know. Just something to look at. Nothing more.
Note that baboons are some of the craziest things I’ve ever seen up close and personal. Their hindquarters look like someone tried to turn them inside-out but then quit halfway through. Also, tigers are majestic and beautiful and lazy as shit. Fruit bats–or whatever that vampiric thing hanging from a tree branch is–have enormous penises, relative to their body sizes, and they look weirdly human. The penises. Not so much the bats, which look more like flying wolves. Lemurs are pretty chill all around, and during feeding times they’ll just hang out right next to you and eat a pineapple. Crocodiles are downright prehistoric. And snakes will never not look scheming and shrewd and shifty and generally just evil, even when they’re simply lying there, napping on a tree branch.
Posted on July 3, 2015
I just finished an enormous overhaul to my photography portfolio site. Updated galleries, new images, better toning, and a more comprehensive overview of my work in general. Or at least I think so. I’m still tweaking it a little, but I like it. There are a lot of new tearsheets from recent assignments, and a new documentary section on Vietnam in modern times. Check it out if you have a minute.
Posted on July 1, 2015
A few weeks back, I had the pleasure to travel back to India for a fashion shoot with Sula Clothing. The designer flew in from the UK and we worked with a Mexican model, the lovely Sofia Torres, in a lofty green garden apartment overlooking Hauz Khas Lake in South Delhi. We went to the market to buy fresh fruits and marigolds and random threads and beads and other accents for the styling of the shoot. Then we spent two days in the grueling dirty dusty suffocating heat of South Asia in the middle summer shooting a winter collection. And weirdly enough, it worked. Like a lot. I think the photographs came out really well. Mostly because of the model and designer. With these things, I basically just show up with a camera and if I can manage to point it in the right direction, something magical is bound to already be happening. So here are some selects from the day. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to Kerala for the next one. Fingers crossed.