Tearsheets | Smithsonian Magazine

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So yeah. Some photographs. I shot this assignment in Nagaland, India at the end of last year. It just went to print in June, and I’ve been waiting very patiently to see the spread. I got the chance to work with author Mary Roach, of pop-science classics such as: Stiff, Bonk, Packing for Mars, and this year’s Gulp. She’s such a fantastic writer, and I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, so getting to meet and travel with her in remote India was just gravy on top of an already amazing assignment.

Nothing I say here could possibly be as entertaining as her article, which is on the world’s hottest chili, the bhut jolokia, or Naga King Chili. So here’s a link: The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World’s Hottest Peppers. Read and enjoy. But leave the chilis be.

Travel Photographs | Hanoi, Vietnam

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I did some work a few months back for Private Clubs magazine out of the USA, for a travel story on the food scene in Hanoi. It’s a story that’s been done to death by magazines and bloggers the world over, but the writer really did his research, and hit the literal pavement to dig in as deep as he could into the food culture in the capital. And for that, I commend him. He met with several food bloggers and writers and other locals and expats during his trip to Hanoi, and the research shows. It was great to see him digging into bowls of snails and plates of roasted duck at bia hois, and not just sitting in a crystal castle at the Metropole Hotel or at Didier Corlou’s restaurant. Those places are fine–great even–but if we’re going to talk about food in Hanoi, let’s talk about plastic stools and wet markets and cursing vendors and chicken bones and fragrant broths mixing with motorbike fumes and all the rest. Living here, it’s easy to forget what a great city this is for food. It’s unique and interesting and always kind of playing second fiddle to Malaysia or Thailand or even southern Vietnamese cuisine. But I’ll take Hanoi any day of the week. So thanks to Michael Kaplan for a great article, and to the entire team at Private Clubs for running the story, and for hiring me to walk around and do what I love to do. Take photos.

A crowded, narrow alley in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
A local market scene in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A local market scene in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A portrait of restauranteur Bobby Chinn in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Eating pho on the street at 9 Hang Trong street in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam.
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The Sofitel Metropole: Chef Denis Groison

About two months ago I was sent on an assignment for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia to photograph Denis Groison, the new chef de cuisine at the Sofitel Metropole’s Le Beaulieu restaurant. It was a blast. The writer and I followed the chef around from about 7am to 10pm and then ended the marathon day with him cooking beef tenderloin and foie gras for us to have in the dining room (unprovoked, obviously). I like little unexpected perks like that. Above is the tearsheet from the magazine along with a few other outtakes from the day. I think it came out looking pretty great.