My Fear of Failure

To start this blog I need to share a story from earlier this year. I was asked by a good friend of mine to take pictures at a party she was hosting. I jumped at the chance and was delighted to have been asked. We prepped the afternoon of the party and everything was set. …

The Holidays

The end of the Mayan calendar was a fitting last day at work for me. It felt like everyone wanted their contracts and purchase orders complete before the end of the world! Now that’s behind me I can focus on the holidays. As the years go by I get more and more enjoyment from the …

Bouand Dance Company

The holiday season always reminds me of the ballet.  I remember as young kid in England seeing the famous ballet performances on television at Christmas and they did nothing for me.  It just looked like a bunch of people in inappropriate outfits prancing around on the stage.  Everything changed for me a few years ago …

The Body Canvas

I am very excited to share with you two of my pictures have been selected for an exhibition in London at the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI).  The exhibition has a goal to help develop an understanding of the personal, social and political reasons why people undergo permanent body modification and  explore the many ways in which communities …

A Healthy Community?

I have mentioned many times the importance of the tribe to the people of the Omo Valley.  Each tribe has a critical ritual related to the path from adolescence to adulthood often involving some kind of proof of commitment to the tribe.  Some of these are very painful as in the wearing of lip plates …