Posted on January 11, 2010
I was asked by a fellow photographer to help shoot a wedding on New Years Eve at the Lenox Hotel in Boston . With no real plans for the evening I thought it would be a fun way to ring in the new year.
Posted on December 3, 2009
I recently had the opportunity to spend nearly two weeks in Mumbai India. I was asked to help out with a photography workshop put on by Visual Reportage Workshops.
I found Mumbai to be an exciting place filled with generous people, as well as a complete test to all of my senses.
Dharavi is known at the largest slum in the continent of Asia. It houses and employs well over half of a million people and exports goods all across the world. Although both living and working conditions are very grim, the people of Dharavi would prefer this over plans the government has to take over the land.
A girl walks along a water pipeline in Dharavi.
Tin structures along the railroad tracks provide housing for many in Dharavi.
One of the largest issues facing the people of India is the lack of clean water. In many areas running water is not available to the people on a regular basis and water delivery trucks provide clean water once each week. I witnessed people illegally selling small bags of water to those who missed the delivery.
A woman in Dharavi rinses her hand at a leaking pipe.
Posted on December 3, 2009
I was very excited and a bit surprised tonight to receive the package I had sent myself from Mumbai, India late last week. To be completely honest, I was surprised to see the contents at all. The postal system I was strung through to get the package sent was on par with most other obstacles I faced while I was visiting Mumbai.
“Three photocopies of this, fill out these forms, you can’t send medicine sir (Tiger Balm), go see the ladies out there on the curb and they will sew up your package and seal it for you.”
” It is not possible sir for you to be the sender and receiver”
After quoting me two different prices to send the same package at the same speed, I went with the lesser amount and crossed my fingers. And just like the rest of the trip, things seemed to work out in the end. I now have three new bicycle bells (that are VERY loud) and a bunch of clothing and trinkets from Mumbai.
Thank you Speed Post.
Posted on November 5, 2009
…………One of the places that we really wanted to see while in Detroit was the Lee Plaza Hotel. The 15 story high rise building used to be a very fancy apartment complex with hotel amenities, and with its great views no doubt catered to the high class back when Detroit was thriving.
It is safe to say that the area surrounding the hotel is not as nice as it used to be. The hotel is blocked off by a chain link fence with barbed wire though we were able to find an opening around the back. From there, the only way inside was down.
Once inside, we spent hours walking the wind swept hallways and looking at what years of abandonment can do to what once was a beautiful place to be. Each room was damaged beyond belief, with huge holes taken out of the concrete walls and graffiti everywhere.
Moss grew on the floor of a room on the penthouse level.
In the next room, a chair sat half way out a window.
On the way down the back staircase we came across a floor where many belongings had been left and probably rummaged through for years. It was extremely dark and dank. A synthetic rose was left on the ground.