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Assignment for The Daily Telegraph’s Stella Magazine

A couple of months ago, I was assigned to photography author Beth Raymer for Stella magazine, a supplement in London’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Beth’s autobiographical first book, Lay the Favorite, has been made into a movie starring Vince Vaughan, Bruce Willis, and Rebecca Hall, who plays Beth, and Stella had exclusive first rights to interview her.

You can read the full text of the article online, and Beth’s latest article in The Atlantic Monthly here. I had a great day photographing her all around West Palm Beach. After some shots in her home and garden, we headed to the Palm Beach Kennel Club, where the staff were (mostly) extremely accommodating and welcoming. We did get chased out of the formal dining room for bringing in our own props — beer and pretzels — but apart from that, we had no problems.

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Amsterdam

Trying a new system…gallery view instead of single picture uploads.

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Grandparents

My gorgeous grandparents.

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Sunshine State

After readership figures reached an all time low, I thought I should post some more recent photos to get a bit more up to date. I’ve been dabbling in other photographic mediums and thus the blog has fallen aside a bit lately. I do pull my trusty Mamiya out now and again to go for an outing in my home state. Herewith, random adventures from the first half of the year.

 

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Great Rift Valley

Great Rift Valley, Kenya, October 2010.

As I look over the fence, leaving the stall holders pleading for attention behind me, I look at The Start. The Great Rift Valley is where they say it all began, where humankind started to diverge from the other apes.

This part of the valley is now filled with greenhouses sheltering hothouse flowers flown to cold Europe. Many of the workers live in cottages that are not dissimilar to ones that housed factory workers in England during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.

But from high above, none of that is apparent.

“All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction. When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

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Good wells

The average Cambodia village looks like this – rice fields, simple one-room homes on stilts, some chickens scratching around. The rustic dwellings may lack certain comforts – a fitted kitchen and bathroom spring to mind – but most families seem to make do with what they have, except when they are without one crucial element that most Westerners take for granted. Many people in rural areas live without a clean and nearby water supply, and either have to travel long distances to fetch water every day, or have to purefy the water they have by boiling it.

There is a fix to this – a well equipped with a hand pump that the provincial authorities can install for around USD$500 or less.

This simple piece of equipment (which my friend Bo is helpfully demonstrating) provides enough water for 5 neighbouring families.

The second place we visited benefited a family with four children, as well as their neighbours. Immensely relieved by the fresh water supply, this woman bears the heavier burden in providing for the family, and not having to boil their water for ages is a great help to her (the well below was their old water supply).

If you do a quick search online, you’ll see there are dozens of organisations raising money to build wells in Cambodia. I can’t recommend any from personal experience, as these wells plus a third were funded by a Korean Rotary Club who asked Bo find locations for them and supervise their construction, but I do know that a small amount goes a long way.

Happy New Year 🙂 .

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Inspiration

My friend Agnes Dherbeys’ relatively new Tumblr photo diary…love these, as I’m in Cambodia now.

 

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6×6 from China

美撒 (aka Eric Guo) has a most beautiful set of 6×6 black and white photographs on Flickr. One of my friends found him there and he wrote to her: “People in the pictures belong to the “Yi” who developed their own alphabet and language and live 3000m above sea level in the mountains. The Yi work very hard but it’s difficult for them to escape poverty. I am a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, live in Beijing, and am a survive of the “bottom of society.””

You must see the whole set via the link in order to appreciate the style.

UPDATE: Thanks to the always surprising photo network, Eric’s work may soon be featured on The UK’s Daily Telegraph photography section, Telephoto.

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Gone Surfing

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have a good excuse.

I’ve been learning how to surf and scuba dive in Hawai’i. And attending one of my best friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful day in an idyllic place, where the bride and groom were surrounded by people who love them. What more could you want?

Until I get the film scanned, here’s something from the archives. I couldn’t and wouldn’t surf in Bolinas, Northern California, last summer – it ranks in the top 10 beaches for shark attacks. But that didn’t stop most people.

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At work

MJR have launched a new grant for photographers who shoot with film cameras. They’re offering film to the tune of $500 to work on a project. The slideshow that Ying Ang and Ling Ang put together is beautiful (and my work is right at the beginning!).

So in a tribute to them, a couple of photographs from their visit to Florida. You can see some of the photos from this abandoned gas station on Ying’s facebook album.

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