about aaron & the blog

I began this blog over a decade ago as a way to show my work and keep in contact with friends and family from what–at the time–felt like an impossibly removed place. It’s gone through many changes over the years, but at its heart it remains, simply, a place for me to showcase my photography and writing in a format without pretensions or expectations, away from most of the world’s eyes.

There’s no real format or structure here–assignments, outtakes, personal work, creative diversions, and random exercises all exist in equal measure. I’ve always been uncomfortable with the idea of perfection, so the aim is to keep things imperfect. Dust, scratches, and fingerprints. Missed focus or a misplaced word. And a bit of insight, with any luck. I hope you enjoy your time here.

47 thoughts on “about aaron & the blog”

  1. Hello, Joel – I enjoy your blog, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you as a “Versatile Blogger”.

  2. Hello, Aaron? For some reason I think of you as Joel…

  3. Hey Margaret, thanks for doing that. My first name is Aaron; Joel is just a middle name. That being said, as long as you’re saying nice things about me, you can call me whatever you want.

  4. Now I’m very curious about Sri Lanka, maybe this winter. This also led me to your site, where you’ve got some really amazing work.

  5. I enjoy your style of photography. Very beautiful and powerful imagery. Interesting destinations as well.

  6. Hi Aaron I stumbled upon your blog and totally loved your images. You’ve captured the beautiful human spirit of both Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Keep it up – I’ve enjoyed reading and visualising them and will look forward to more! The world is still an amazing place!

  7. I just found your blog, and I am amazed! You are the greatest discovery I had so far on WordPress! I hope to see more of your work, I just went trough your portfolio. Your pictures have a Magnum like quality, great, great work!

  8. Hello, Aaron. Your photos are phenomenal. You should be very proud of your work. I am very much enjoying what I’m finding here. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I love your photographs telling stories of life in these locals. Very nice! Sally

  10. I’ve really enjoyed looking at your work. I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam about 13 years ago, it was a fantastic experience. All the best.

  11. Hi, I just discovered you blog. I really like your photography, thanks for sharing.

  12. I just found your blog today and your photos got me blown away instantly! I love your photography style, particularly in capturing the soul of a place you travel to. Great work!

  13. Congrats on your great photography, blog and website. I will definitely follow your inspiring work. …Joel Santos; Portuguese ascendency? Just curious.

  14. so beautiful moments, it made my day ! thank you for sharing and let me feel the hidden beauty in my country through your eyes !

  15. Love what you’re doing here; I’ll be an avid reader and photography aficionado in no time!
    Warm wishes from Florida

  16. Your photos are stunning! Vietnam is a fascinating country, but I don’t think I would ever feel safe crossing the road in Hanoi, no matter how many years I were to live there 🙂 :)! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the landscape and people through your work :)! With best wishes, Meliza

  17. It’s great that I have found a great blog here. Your photography is defined and I would love to follow and learn more from you.
    May one day I will see you somewhere shooting in Hanoi.
    Cheers, Angela

  18. I’m looking forward to perusing your blog! I know it will be quite the treat for the eyes. Thank you for sharing your photos! Best wishes, Koko

  19. Just discovered your inspirational blog. I really like your photographic style. I am a photographer, writer from Western Australia so will look forward to reading your perspectives on another world. Best wishes. TJ

  20. You have an amazing blog, my friend. Please continue doing what you are doing and your audience will definitely grow!

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