Archive for July, 2007

Young Monk — North West China

July 21, 2007




July 17, 2007


Meet my date for this past Sunday, Hale-Bopp.
I began my horse riding lessons, yes horse riding lessons, it looks like I will have the need for this skill set in the very near future.
So why not? I have spent enough time around Yaks and Camels right?…
My thinking is to learn horse back riding now when all the instructions will be uttered in my native tongue and I am not yet expected to ride 10-15 hour days across deserts or mountain passes. One less thing to worry about in country, which will make it easier to concentrate on the photos. See, I am thinking it out.
I did learn that my Road Bike Saddle is infinitely more comfortable!
Before you ask NO I did not wear Nikes or have 5 silver dollars in my pocket.

Dinosaurs — Cabazon CA

July 17, 2007

Dinosaurs along the 10 freeway just for fun. I have been seeing these things my entire life, but I do not think I have ever walked up on them before?

Silence — Joshua Tree

July 17, 2007


Christi and I took time away from everything Friday & Saturday and headed to Joshua Tree. I had planned to edit 2 photo shoots, finish reading a research book in preparation for my upcoming trip to to Tibet, also to finish my plans & lists for the trip…
Instead Christi is illustrating what we really did.

Day 2 part II — Homeless Shelter

July 11, 2007


Day 2 — Homeless Shelter

July 10, 2007

Being a documentary photographer forces me to ask myself two questions at almost every shoot…
How do I capture the lives, without imposing mine?
How do I stay in the action & out of interaction at the same time?
Shooting indoors creates a secondary effect to those 2 questions, when do I use flash and when not to? Flash units announce your presence, alerting everyone to your precise location, while simultaneously, instantly ending all natural human interactions. Shooting in a room full of children without flash is a challenge. But intruding into the private moments with a flash unit, sometimes just does not seem right.
Last night was one of those “when not to use flash” nights, I visited the second of the shelters ran by Path of Life Ministries. This shelter is a family shelter, so it is coed mothers, fathers, children and in any combination. I met fathers who were mostly stoic, quiet and sad. I met mothers who seem to compensate by being the opposite. I met LOTS of children who, when not traveling through the room at 90 miles an hour, would pause and look as stoic & reflective as the fathers.
During my visits I have met many of the staff and one thing I can say for sure about all of them is they are all truly my heroes. When you listen to the conversations & interactions between staff & client, you hear a mutual respect and friendship for each other. I  have been in similar places, refugee camps and emergency shelters the world over and seldom have I seen this level of respect and caring. One of the staff during the 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. shift at the family shelter is everyone’s big brother, uncle and stand in dad if needed. He never stops smiling and never stops being there for these clients, no matter the question or circumstances at 6 foot 3 260 lbs., he is humble, gentle and a hero!

Day 1 part II — Homeless Shelter

July 7, 2007

“IE” for Inland Empire. When I asked him about the ink, he said “I was born and raised in the Inland Empire, San Bernardino to be exact, it’s my home”

Day 1 — Homeless Shelter

July 6, 2007

Last night began a documentary series on Path of Life Ministries and the homeless shelter programs that they run.

Where the pavement ends — Tibet

July 3, 2007

This is the last outpost town before the road turns to only dirt.

Workers — China

July 2, 2007