Madidi National Park, which lies in the Amazon river basin of Bolivia is considered one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. It is home to 11% of the worlds bird species, it holds 3% of higher plants, and 3.75% of its vertebrates. Within this area also lies the community of Torewa, established in 1992 it is home to the Tsimane. Torewa, meaning place of enchantment, is one of 17 indigenous communities that are under threat by the building of the El Bala hydroelectrical dam. The creation of this dam would flood roughly 1,931 square kilometers of land displacing about 4000 people. This photographic project, Somewhere in Between, dives into the lives of the Tsimane, who have been living in balance with nature for as long as they can remember. It is a documentation of a tribe who is fighting for their land while navigating through the murky waters of acculturation. Their ancestral land and way of life both at risk of vanishing.
Resistance in Caracas
In 2001, Venezuela was the richest country in South America. Fast forward to 2017 and what you'll find is a Venezuela teetering on the brink of civil war. Mass protest have risen up throughout the country as citizens express their discord with the government of president Nicolas Maduro. Leading to clashes between people and security forces while members of the opposition demand early presidential elections. Caracas, the capital of Venezuela has seen it's share of violence spike, which is hard to imagine as it had already claimed position for city with the highest murder rate in the world. Severe food and medicine shortages have pushed people to the point of desperation further fueling the chaotic landscape where riots and looting have become daily occurrences. While many have chosen to flee abroad in search of stability, there remains a resistance made up of common people determined to take back their country. Men, women, and even children retaliating, armed with nothing but rocks, Molotov cocktails, makeshift shields, and homemade gas masks for protection and the strong pull of comradery intertwining all of them together. Resistance in Caracas is a photographic documentation covering the clashes throughout Caracas and the fellowship formed between citizens that can only sprout from facing a volatile conflict together.
An intimate look into the lives of the monks at the Angkor Wat Pagoda.
Faces of Resilience
Portraits of families of the Saint Theresa IDP camp in Yola, Nigeria
48 Hours in Havana
A street photography series.
Into The Light
Every year on March 20th, hundreds of thousands of people show up to Teotihuacán to celebrate the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox marks the moment where both night and day are equally as long after moving through the winter months and continue to shift into the longer days of Spring and Summer . For the Maya, the path of the Sun represented a journey of death and rebirth. The Equinox served as a day of Spiritual resurrection, where one was coming out of the darkness of the night bearing the lessons he learned to be reborn.
Wrestling Cholitas of El Alto
A look into the lives of the children of the Saint Theresa IDP camp in Yola, Nigeria.
From Nothing Comes Everything
A street photography series in Havana, Cuba.
The Price of Compassion
There are at least 30,000 children living in orphanages throughout Haiti. According to the Hatian government, of these 30,000 children an estimated 80% of them are not orphans but either have one or both parents still alive. With the influx of unqualified volunteers pouring into Haiti eagerly looking to make a difference, it has resulted into the creation of orphanages running themselves like businesses hiring trackers to recruit unsuspecting children and deceiving impoverished families into giving their son's and daughters away for what they are told will be a better life that they cannot provide for them. In truth, these children become assets to an industry that is exploiting people's ignorance and goodwill.
San Buenaventura Festival
Every year in July, members of the town of San Buenaventura get together to celebrate the founding of their community. The festivities include parades with dancers in different costumes and traditional indigenous clothing. The music can be heard from the town across the river. I found myself in the middle of the celebration while waiting to go into the Amazon and with the encouragement of some of the locals I was guided to a rodeo that was tucked away in the corner of the town. What I stumbled on was rugged men in blistering heat, chugging beers and taking the turns at withstanding the force of a bull ride. These by no means were trained riders but instead regular people of San Buenaventura putting their grit to the test in order to show off to their neighbors and girlfriends.