Like a chalk line, snapped hard, but not at all precisely, between the parched hills of Jordan and the almost suffocating quiet shores of the Dead sea lies a ribbon of dusty road that leads to the Lowest Point on Earth. The road is quiet and desolate in most spaces, but sprinkled haphazardly with small picnics, pre wadi hike meets and greets, umbrella’d plastic tables, rental sheesha pipes, cold sodas in old reach-in coolers that are plugged into seemingly endless extension cords that draw their electricity from God only knows where.... Read The Rest →
A favorite photograph of mine from Unawatuna beach in Sri Lanka is the feature for a lovely travel piece in the Spring 2018 Issue of Town and Country, UK. Pick up the issue to be swept away to one of my favorite places on earth.
My arrival checklist in a new country, includes cataloging, collecting and sampling all that there is to know about a place. To dig deeper, without being intrusive, to be patient and to know that I have two entire years, where many travelers have just a few days and to simultaneously realize that I only have two years when some people have a lifetime. And just like earning the trust of a child, the relationship of a long staying guest in a new country comes with a certain delicate dance, a shy smile, a kind gesture, a... Read The Rest →
I feel like I’m always in a hurry to finish things, but this project has no start and no finish. It began long before I even began my career in photography and will last, long after I am gone. I’ll never grow tired of, or feel rushed by this project, and in that is a great sense of love and of ease. I envision looking back at these photos ten and twenty and more years from now and finding things that look exactly the same, but also marveling at... Read The Rest →
I shot considerably less 35mm in India than I did 120mm. A roll of 35 could meander the streets with shots from a walk here or there and would often finish, forgetting where it started. When I’d finally sent it to be developed and it eventually made it’s way back to the USA, I’d often forgotten what was on it at all. Months later, small gifts would unravel in my inbox filled with frames of friendly faces and bright temple corners. Somehow in the chaos of our move back home... Read The Rest →
I speak best in photographs, it’s true, but in the last few years I’ve found I have more to say, more experiences to share and that the weight of my words carries moments in time and feelings that sometimes even my photographs can not. I read once that Annie Leibovitz said “If they could only convey smells, photographs would be perfect.” Above all I am a story-teller. If given every possible tool on Earth to communicate, none would accurately describe the heart of Chennai except for a visit ones self.... Read The Rest →
To book your own family portrait session email me me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be in the Washington, DC area for the remainder of 2016 and midway into 2017 before we take flight on our next overseas adventure (location TBD!). I’ll be in Spokane, Washington and booking limited portrait sessions from July 12-26, 2016. I look forward to hearing from you!
Stay // Shalini Villa A modern hideaway in the rolling, tropical hills of Unawatuna built by the assistant of the Godfather of Tropical Modernism, Jeffery Bawa. A short walk to the beach and a short tuk-tuk ride to dining, shops and to the historic city of Galle. Complete with a full staff to cater to your every whim, swimming pool, board games and tropical wildlife right in your backyard. You cannot not stay here. (Photos and details here from my recent “Where we stayed” post.”) Unawatuna, Sri Lanka www.flipkey.com... Read The Rest →
There is a little place about a thirty-minute drive from my house here in Chennai, where possibility and opportunity unite and magic happens. I’ve taken a lot of photographs in this city in the past two years. I’ve painted a picture of my days here and have wandered most every neighborhood from left to right and top to bottom in this sprawling city of over 9 million residents. Villages set end to end are painted with color combinations so vibrant and unthinkable. At the end of one such road, lies... Read The Rest →