Langa

Through my travels with Joe, I have been introduced to a plethora of cultures.  These range from the lavish lifestyles of major cities, to downtrodden slums found all over the world.  Recently, I was given a dramatic view of life on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.

During our visit, we stumbled upon a beautiful family in Langa.. an extremely poor district outside of Cape Town.  Our guide decided to give us a tour down the road less traveled, and brought us into the home of a local family.  As soon as we walked in, Joe and I both saw this young girl.. wrapped in a red blanket, leaning against a blue wall.  With nothing but the window lighting the room, I decided to shoot off 2 pictures on my Rollei.  Handholding at around 1/15th of a second.. I managed to keep myself still enough to get the shot.

Walking out of Langa, I was baffled at the lives that some of these people lead.  Walking through rows and rows of houses made out of nothing but tin and debris, I realized how fortunate I am to live the life I have been blessed with.

I am so thankful that this young girl allowed me to take a picture of her, and I look forward to sending it back to South Africa for her to enjoy!

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Gilbert Farm

After spending the past three years in Connecticut, I’ve developed a new found love for the farms in the area.  If I manage to have a weekend to myself, I’ll grab my Rolleiflex and drive over to this beautiful farm near my house.. Gilbert Farm.  When Hannah flew up to visit a few weeks ago, we decided to drive over and shoot!  Between the beautiful weather, amazing scenery, and petting the horses, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!

 

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Dubai Camel Farm

It’s not very often that you find yourself at a camel farm in the middle of the desert.  During our recent adventure over to Dubai.. Drew Gurian, John Keatley, and I decided to trek out and location scout at one of these farms.

After an hour drive toward the middle of nowhere, parking our car on the side of the highway, and hopping in the bed of a random pickup truck, we finally made it to our destination.  To say that a beautiful picture could be shot any way you turned would be a complete understatement.  I absolutely regret having only brought 3 rolls of film, but I had to make due with what I had.

A special thank you goes out the wonderful farmer that offered to take part in my pictures! I’m already looking forward to next year, in which I can have myself a proper shoot at this incredible farm!

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Lake House

Today marks the start of my first international trip this year.. and I couldn’t be more excited!  There’s something wonderful to me about being in an airport.  I don’t know if it’s the anticipation of traveling somewhere vastly different from home, or if a change of pace is just necessary at this point in life.

You really do change every time you make one of these big trips.  You learn more about yourself.. what you’re capable of.. what you’ve come to enjoy.. as well as those things that you could do without.  Each trip is an new adventure.. opening up your eyes to a world completely different from your own.

Although you come to love this endless knowledge gained from traveling and exploring.. there’s always that soft spot in your heart for home.

Next stop.. Dubai!

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Dreamer

You never know what will spark an idea, filling your imagination with an endless supply of inspiration.  It could stem from a trip to your favorite coffee shop, a conversation with an old friend, or an excerpt from a fiction novel found during a trip out of town.  It’s important to keep those creative juices flowing, even if there’s no end product in sight.  One idea leads to the next, and so on and so forth.  Before you know it, you’re portfolio will have been graced by a completely new set of work.. all thanks to that unforced concept originating from something so inconsequential.

Allow your mind to wander, and yield to those “unrealistic” dreams.. and you will have seen the world in a much different light.

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