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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.

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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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.

winding down

I’ve recently returned from almost four weeks on the road photographing the beautiful (and expansive) province of Ontario.  I’m now winding down and sifting through the images.  The shoot was for Ontario Tourism and along with the stills, they commissioned a video crew to shoot some beautiful b-roll footage as well.  This image personally represents that quintessential summer feeling.  It’s a cold Toronto morning out, so it’s fitting that this is my first post from what has become a large Ontario series.

morning sky

Had the pleasure of catching this scene unfold before me as our bus sped past on its way from Chefchaouen to Meknes.  Morocco’s landscape changes drastically from one part of the country to the next and this several hour drive, especially made early morning, reveals a soft side that can easily be overlooked.  If you ever get the opportunity to travel Morocco, wake early and enjoy this ride.  It’s one you won’t regret.

 

heat wave

For the past week, Torontonians have been finding ways to deal with an intense heat wave.  Although it’s started to return to seasonal temperatures, most people are still trying to beat the heat and cool down, any way they can.  Yonge-Dundas Square in the core of the city offers some willing people -and their pets- a chance to relive the good ol’ days of care-free sprinkler jumping.

don’t pass me by (cont.)

This photo was taken in the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario.  Another image to go with my growing series, titled “Don’t Pass Me By…”  You can find the others here and here.

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.

Himalaya

This photo is from a few years back, during some time spent travelling throughout the top of the Himalaya’s in Northern India. Awe-struck for two weeks straight, the natural danger of the road made the views along the way that much more beautiful.  Route 22 will always have a special place in my heart.

prayer flags

Barbed wire fencing lines a hillside road in Dharamsala, India.  Tibetan prayer flags are a common scene in the northern Province of Himachal Pradesh.

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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