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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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wild flowers

Wild flowers at the edge of Lake Superior.

 

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.

Rome & Religion

I am currently sifting through a backlog of images and projects that I worked on over the last year. I will post selects from each in the following days and weeks.

To get the ball rolling, here are a couple images that were taken while wandering the streets of Rome.


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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Castle Door

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find it; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

-Jesus Christ

My Carriage

They’ve walked over countless kilometers of sand, mud, concrete and grass.  They’ve been scorched by the mid day heat of the Sahara, drowned in monsoon rains and have sat idly by as monks chanted their end of day prayers.  They are completely worn through, yet I cannot bring myself to throw them out.  To most, they are just a pair of old shoes…to me, they are so much more.