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Photographers Without Borders

In the next couple of months, I will be travelling to Northern India to work with Photographers Without Borders (PWB) and the NGO, Tibet World. They work with Tibetan refugees and help them build a new foundation for the individual or families fleeing Tibet. Tibet World is currently home to over 200 refugees with a small staff working with the NGO. Their goal is to help exiled refugees from Tibet live in a world few of us could ever imagine surviving in.

With everything happening around the world right now, the struggles of global refugees is such a front and center issue. Tibet World is working with refugees that have, for whatever reason, been living out of the general public eye for way too long. I’d like to help change that. With your support I’m sure we can shed some light on this important social issue.

As this is a volunteer position, PWB has set me up with their crowd-funding page and I am currently raising funds to offset any costs associated with the project. If you are an American citizen, your donation can be tax deductible. Please help this mission reach its full potential and donate whatever you can. You’re generosity is much appreciated.

Please donate here:
You can also read an interview that PWB wrote about me here:

The following are a few images from that beautiful part of the world.

top chef

Just warmin’ up at a recent shoot with Chef Carl Heinrich (season 2 winner of Top Chef Canada) at his restaurant, Richmond Station.  As is the case with any great restaurant, fresh, local ingredients are used on the regular here. Located just off the corner of Yonge & Richmond, in the heart of downtown Toronto, this is definitely somewhere you will want to eat…trust me.

Fort Henry

On a recent shoot to Kingston, Ontario, I took in the Sunset Ceremony at Fort Henry. The following are images taken within the fort.

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sail

Ontario is home to over a quarter million fresh water lakes and river systems. Many unnamed, yet still accounted for. This image was taken off the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Tobermory

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner.  This image was taken in Tobermory, Ontario.

pride

While on assignment for work, I had the opportunity to photograph what would be my first wedding.  It was a staged wedding in front of Niagara Falls for the commercial that we were shooting, but these guys were together for almost 8 years and were more in love than most.  I’ve travelled to many countries where this scene would have never taken place, so it’s nice to know that Canada (among many others) encourages people to be proud of the love that they share with someone else, regardless of their sex.

Fort Williams, Thunder Bay

Ontario has a rich history, filled with European entrepreneurship and Aboriginal culture.  Fort Williams in Thunder Bay allows you to step back in time and experience a world long forgotten.

medicine man

Healers come in all forms and from all walks of life. MD’s, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Medicine Men, Spiritual Healers, this list can go on and on. I’m a strong believer that the healing depends more on the person being healed, rather than the form in which the healer is using.  During some time spent in Morocco, I came across this man who, humbly enough, called himself a Medicine Man.  He would sell his potions, remedies and charms to locals and foreigners alike.  He would say, “whoever believes, can be healed”.  This man brought a magical energy to Djeema El-Fna square in Marrakech.

 

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

This is the scanned negative of a walkway in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.

freedom

The one constant found in all countries, cultures and creeds is the innate desire for freedom.  We will fight at any cost for it, protest until beaten and jailed, move to the un-known for a better way, even do the un-thinkable in the name of whatever you believe in, secular or otherwise.  The following image was taken in Dharamsala, India during a three day protest for Tibetans, both living within their borders and abroad.  This otherwise sleepy town was transformed into a constant wave of refugees, monks and Indian locals all supporting the most desired cause of all, freedom.

Buen Camino

The first day on the Camino de Santiago is said to be the most challenging of the entire pilgrimage. Dealing with the uncomfortable strain of an overloaded pack (mainly camera gear) and the constant uphill terrain, I was certain this trek would get the better of me within the first few hours. Starting well before day break, I began my Camino with a little nervousness and a lot of excitement. 800km before me and all I could see was an endless uphill walk that seemed to never level off. By the time I reached the peak of the French Pyranees I was alone, doubtful, and scared of the journey that I threw myself into. Now I am not a religious man, at least not in the organized sense, but when I stopped to drink some water and take a much needed break, I looked out at the day that was beginning to show itself and suddenly knew why I was there and what lead me to that exact spot.

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The Indignados article

Please check out Fluster Magazine to see my newest photo essay and article on the Spanish Indignados. After a year of photographing within the immense crowds, this collection of images were selected to represent a group of individuals coming together in hope of a better future, for themselves and their children.

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the Berber man

The next few posts will be taken and uploaded with my iPhone as my laptop is currently packed away in storage back in Madrid. This will be the easiest and most efficient way to keep up with my posting.

This image was taken in a small mountain village in Northern Morocco (and personally a long time favorite place of mine) called Chefchaouen. A man in typical Berber clothing makes his way through the small but extensive, sky blue painted, Medina.

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Recumbent Christ

I’m always fascinated by the eerie beauty that naturally occurs within Cathedrals.  There is something about that faint, natural light streaming in through the stained glass windows that quiets the soul and forces people to talk in a respectful whisper.  I’ve found that the older the Cathedral or Church the more intense this feeling becomes.

This image was taken during a recent visit to the Santa Iglesia Cathedral in Segovia, Spain.  Found within its many rooms, works of art produced by some of history’s great masters are displayed.  Inside the Chapel of The Descent from the Cross you can view this polychrome Recumbent Christ, crafted by Gregorio Fernandez in the 17th Century.

don´t pass me by

A few images from a project that I´m currently working on.