Tagged: photography

Self Portrait

GAZ 69

Two dorm room for Chinese Road Workers in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital city, isn’t know for its nightlife. There are a few decent restaurants, but after nine months here my family and I are tired of going to the same six places. We’ve tried everything on every menu in town. The big movie theater in the center of town plays the most recent Hollywood blockbusters, but only in Russian. There’s a bowling alley if you are into that sort of thing, but no real bars that are safe and no young artistic intellectual scene. No Russian rock clubs that I know of. No black box theater. We are confined to a world of traded DVDs and our art. But the Chinese workers live an hour or more from Dushanbe, sleeping in bunk beds with thin pads for mattresses thrown over a wooden plank. They have a small TV set and not much else. They play cards, smoke cigarettes, and dream about how what their children back home might be doing right now.



(OIL), warns us to take action now, honor our past, and make better decisions for the sake of our children’s future

This is a photo from the blog of SVA classmate Lanola. Check out the post, it is quite moving. I associated with it because for me, this is what photography is for. It plays with the paradigm that photography is real, while art is not real. Photography documents, while art expresses. yet Lanola’s work does both.


A Chinese road worker sitting in his tent, Tajikistan

I entered some photos to One Life Photography competition. Click the link to check out the slide show. These are from the Chinese worker series. Let me know what you think.

My Muse

I shot this at home using two SB-500 flash units and two umbrellas. I’ve been shooting Nikon for years, and what I like most is being able to fire the flash unites remotely using infrared. We experimented with lighting for an hour or so. I have two Photoflex portable soft boxes which work really well. Every face needs different light, you can’t know what light to use until you try. So, now you know what I was doing all weekend! If you want to know how I set up my portable lights, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Portable Lighting