As a photographer I have photographed some of the most interesting characters in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Santiago, Cuba. Friends, family memebers, and strangers who each have had compelling stories of personal struggle and triumph; who's lives have been a testiment to how valuable life is and how each of us fights for it in our own way. I now have the chance to expand my body of work and photograph people in 25 more countries. Places as varied as Salvador da Bahia Brazil, Da Nang Vietnam, Colombo Sri Lanka, Saint Petersburg Russia, Cartagena Colombia, and Istanbul Turkey. Each location with new people and new stories to share about how people lives their lives: what do they do for work? what do they do for spirituality? what do they do for friends, family? What do they do for recreation?
How is this possible?
I have been asked to join Peace Boat's 74th Global Peace Voyage as their Web Reporter. I will be responsible for documenting Peace Boat's floating classroom - where the projects participants will learn about pace, human rights, as well as equal and sustainable development. Peace Boat will dock in 24 countries and while in each port they will meet with NGOs and other groups of people who are working to nurture life in their communities. I will produce 2 - 3 reports a week using photography, video and writing to not only bring these peace building communities to the web but to also document the trip's participants responses to this unique experience.
After Peace Boat I will head to Salvador da Bahia. While in Salvador I will be working with a major Afro-Brazilian cultural association to extend my work - understanding how life is lived outside of the United States. Unilke Peace Boat which covered 24 countries in 4 months, I will be living and working in 1 community, meeting those who live there, learning (and experiencing) their way of life. Because I will be in Salvador for up to 6 months I will be in a position to not only "map" the community I will be living in but to also make connections to how this community fits into Brazil's growing economy and changing political scene.
Both the work I did with Peace Boat and in Salvador will be posted on my website and will also serve for a gallery exhbit in New York city.
Why is this important?
These 2 projects will take ever bit of talent and skill that I have as a photographer, writer, film maker, producer, researcher, listener and coucilor. The project will require me to not only take beautiful photographs but work with the people I encounter to understand their stories, from their perspective, and that highlights their particular challenges and talents in respnding to them. That form of listening, engaging, and grappling with is daunting if I were only going to 1 country but 25? What is exciting and challenging about this project is that it give me a chance to share the innumerable things and ways that individuals value their lives and the lives of others AND at the same time share the connections that emerge between the stories I will be telling.
What makes this project unique?
Contributions of $500 or greater Producer credits for these 2 projects, 2 limited edition, signed fine art prints of my photography, 5 4x5 postcard sized fine art prints
Contributions of $250 Supporter credit for these 2 projects, 1 limited edition, signed fine art prints fo my photography, 5 4x5 postcard sized fine art prints
Contributions of $100 Special Thank for these 2 projects, 5 4x5 postcard sized fine art prints