Yamdrok Holy Lake
2012. What impressed me the most about Tibet was the political presence: mandatory Chinese flags on village homes, military marching in step through downtown Lhasa, tanks plowing through countryside roads, numerous checkpoints & papers presented to authorities. Outshining those memories, however, are the endless colors: clumps of prayer flags strewn on unreachable mountainside landscapes, turquoise holy lakes, purple ribbons braided into women's hair, indigenous style jewelry for sale on folding tables in the middle-of-no-where Himalaya.
Djlove's Hair, Ti-Goave
Soccer Truck, Ti-Goave
Baby Love, Ti-Goave
2017. "White person" is the thing I most often heard in Haiti about me. I'd never been put on the spot so much for the color of my skin, but neither had I ever experienced such an outpouring of love. "This is de firs time a white person come my house. We are one family."
Hsipaw Village Woman
Meditating at Bagan
Monks in Paulang Village
Mandalay Slum Kids
2012. The best photo on my camera wasn't taken by me. "Hsipaw Village Woman" was the result of handing off my camera to a scrawny & weathered woman wearing hand-made clothes, carrying her days harvest in a patched together basket. I motioned for her to snap a shot of her friend, in hopes that it would be less intrusive than I, the gawking foreigner, shoving the lens in her face. She put the camera about 6 inches from her friend's nose & I was sure the shot was a bust. She then casually handed the camera back to me without any interest in seeing the photo.
Gion Matsuri Parade, Kyoto, Japan
Jie Tai Temple, Beijing, China
Tea, Beijing, China
Taroko Gorge, Taiwan
Yi Lan Mountains, Taiwan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Hawker, Great Wall of China
Yangtze River, China
2011-2014. My best memories of East Asia are from China. I had students who had protested at Tiananmen in 1989, students who had no idea what the Tiananmen protests were, and even one much older student who hadn't been allowed to go to college during the Cultural Revolution because her father was considered "bourgeois." I made friends with monks, survived apocalyptic smog, introduced middle-aged men to their first Michael Jackson song, & heard stories of the coin operated binocular machines that look over the border into North Korea. China, shine on you crazy diamond.
Rice Fields, Don Det, Laos
Sangker River, Cambodia
Train Tracks, Battambang, Cambodia
Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia
Wat Phan Tao Offerings, Chiang Mai Thailand
Kids, Don Det, Laos
2014. SE Asia displays one of the more unique spectrums of humanity as any part of the world does. Hundreds of people living on the water in boats, touristy remnants of a harrowing genocide, weed for sale in restaurants. There's a safety for any traveler on this beaten path, but despite the backpacker overload, SE Asia still charms.
Beads, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Parade Girl, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Buddha, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Woman on Bridge, Pokhara, Nepal
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dancers, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Devils, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Wild Monkey, Kathmandu Nepal
Indian Ocean, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
2017. Most of my travel experiences are a series spontaneous moments I find myself in. In Sri Lanka I found myself chasing hypnotic Hindu drum sounds down a local road, bartering drawings for a photo of a train vendor, and giving monks impromptu English lessons.
2012. In Nepal I learned that you can fall in love in an instant. Pure love. I stayed at a disabled children's home and really just played with the teens living there. I found the phenomena of instant trust and adoration so innocent. It's given me a very important lens through which to see this universe of mystery.
Native American, Queens, USA
Flower Lady, Coyoacan, Mexico
Church, Merida, Mexico
Children, Coyoacan, Mexico
Beaded Indian, Queens, USA
Suburbs, Ohio, USA
Winter Window, Ohio, USA
Happiness, Philadelphia, USA
Subway, New York City, USA
2013. The USA is full of Mexico. I thought I knew Mexican culture well, but, as always, experiencing an assimilated culture is not the same as experiencing an authentic culture. Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, the underground caves of Yucatan, the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza, locals who still speak Mayan - Mexico is a stunning and rich land full of intrigue and beauty.
Music Man, Salento, Colombia
Warrior, Cartagena, Colombia
Countryside, Salento, Colombia
2016. I snuck this photo of the happy old musician as I ate my plate of food, my phone camera discreetly pointed at him with my back to him. I know that he didn't know I got this shot because we talked later, but he had been staring at my phone for some reason at this moment. Had I asked for a portrait I would've ended up with a much different expression from the bubbly and smiling man.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Morocco
Alley, Chefchaouen, Morocco
Tower, Fes, Morocco
Children, Chefchaouen, Morocco
The Blue City, Chefchauouen is easily the most photogenic town I've ever seen in the world. These girls were running the streets yelling at each other in Arabic, but after I started taking photos the older one looked at my and shook her finger, saying "No Facebook!"
Camel, Niweba, Egypt
Red Sea & Saudi Mountains, Dahab, Egypt
Lantern, Cairo, Egypt
Fishing, Istanbul, Turkey
Nasr & Abdul, Niweba, Egypt
Wailing Wall Boys, Jerusalem, Israel
2010. I was 27 when I showed up alone in the Middle East, with only plans to see Turkey, certain the rest of the area was "too dangerous" for a Western woman. "Go to Egypt! I stayed in the same beach town for 6 weeks!" My hostel roommate in Antalya seemed normal enough, so I threw to the wind & took her advice. Arriving at the Cairo baggage claim, I saw the man who had been sitting next to me on the flight; "Welcome home," he said through a smile. And I did find a large part of myself in those sands with all their religion, politics & exotica.
Imagine, Prague, Czech Republic
River, Prague, Czech Republic
Church, Dublin, Ireland
Dying Slave, Michelangelo, Paris, France
Spasskaya Tower, Kremin, Moscow, Russia
Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
I accidentally ended up in Russia summer of 2011 when a hurricane hitting NYC saw my connecting flight cancelled and the entire plane of passengers stranded for three days in Moscow. It was one of the most photogenic cities I've ever seen.
Olive Farms, Peloponesse, Greece
Ancient Corinth, Greece
Guard, Vatican City, Italy
Windmills, Andalucia, Spain
Canal, Venice, Italy
Mosaic, Venice, Itay
St Paul's Cathedral, Rome, Italy
Walkway, Murano, Italy
St Mark's, Venice, Italy
Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, Italy
2008. My Greece photos were shot on a disposable drug store camera before I took my photos a bit more seriously. I ended up with a few surprisingly really unique, rustic shots that captured the vibe of the sun and heat and energy of Greece.