Q&A: Instagram Editorial Director Pamela Chen
Instagram@Photoville: Curator Interviews

Instagram@Photoville: Curator Interviews

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in affiliations, news & updates

Press previews for Instagram’s exhibition at Photoville 2014! The Observer and Wired Magazine, among others.  

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in news & updates, projects

Wrote this introductory post for PROOF to launch a series of articles written by photographer and writer Matthieu Paley about his journey through our magazine story The Evolution of Diet, where we traced some of the oldest human diets across the most extreme environments for the September 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: Origin Stories from the Associated Press

Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: Origin Stories from the Associated Press

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in news & updates, projects

Interviewed AP photographers Jean-Marc Bouju and David Guttenfelder as well as former AP senior editor Sally Stapleton for the kick-off PROOF post of a multi-part series published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. More about the news feature story here.

Vox Media: Featured Creator

Vox Media: Featured Creator

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in affiliations, news & updates

Brief origin story on my journey in photography by Vox Media for Microsoft OneDrive. Terribly surreal to be on the other side of the camera for once.

Liftoff

Liftoff

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in A Selection, Pictures

Puerto Rico, 2013.

Tim Hetherington Grant Jury 2013

Tim Hetherington Grant Jury 2013

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in affiliations, news & updates

Served on the 2013 jury for the Tim Hetherington Grant, a joint initiative by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch to honor Tim’s legacy with a grant to finish a photography project with a human rights theme. Photographer Olivier Jobard is unanimously selected to continue his project, “Dream of a Rain of Perfume”.

Celebrating the Courage of Children in Rajasthan

Celebrating the Courage of Children in Rajasthan

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in news & updates, projects

Latest blog post for PROOF featuring Stephanie Sinclair’s mobile phone GIF portraits of Indian boys and girls who refused their child marriages, the latest update in Stephanie’s continuing project, Too Young to Wed.

BJP: Around the World in 125 Years

BJP: Around the World in 125 Years

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in affiliations, news & updates

Joined Director of Photography Sarah Leen and Deputy Director of Photography Ken Geiger in conversation with Olivier Laurent of the British Journal of Photography for an interview on the 125th anniversary photo issue of National Geographic.

Photography as Advocacy: Origins of a Journey

Photography as Advocacy: Origins of a Journey

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in news & updates, projects

Wrote for PROOF to feature the archival images of Marcus Bleasdale that lead up to his new color story on conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo we worked on together for National Geographic’s Special Photography Issue, October 2013. .

The Photographers on Photography

The Photographers on Photography

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in news & updates, projects

Honored to author one of PROOF’s inaugural launch posts, debuting a project I’ve been working on all year long. Read about it here.

Look3 Festival of the Photograph Education Week

Look3 Festival of the Photograph Education Week

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in education

Taught an official class for Look3 Festival of the Photograph as part of Education Week. From the course description: It’s Not A Firehose: Curating your Content Across Multiple Platforms  Pamela Chen, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic magazine How can photographers navigate the landscape of today’s digital publishing world without losing their souls? This session is ...

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in affiliations, news & updates

Juror with Olivia Arthur, Christopher Anderson and Monica Allende for the 2013 Emerging Photographer production grant supported by the Magnum Foundation. Congratulations to the winning grantee Diana Markosian for her essay ‘My Father The Stranger’; three minor grants to: Iveta Vaivode for her essay ‘Somewhere on Disappearing Path’, Oksana Yushko for her essay ‘Balklava: The Lost History’ and Maciej Pisuk for his essay ‘Under The Skin. Photographs From Brzeska Street’. ...

New York Times Portfolio Review

New York Times Portfolio Review

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in affiliations, news & updates

Participated in the New York Times Lens Blog’s first Portfolio Review as a reviewer from National Geographic Magazine. Truly a great event and was nice to be reunited with so many familiar faces, and to meet new friends and see new work.  

New York Times Magazine Instagram Voyages

New York Times Magazine Instagram Voyages

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in news & updates, projects

Excited to go on assignment as an iPhone photographer for the New York Times Magazine’s annual Voyages issue.

2013 Shorty Awards

2013 Shorty Awards

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in awards, news & updates

I was a part of our small team as we experimented with a new model for Instagram in 2013 where the magazine photographers post unfiltered photo dispatches from the field on Instagram, and it won @natgeo the award for Best Overall Brand Presence on Instagram at the 2013 Shorty Awards. Congrats to all! Support team members: Robert Michael ...

2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in affiliations, news & updates, projects

Joined the professional volunteer documentary team shooting, editing, and producing alongside staff media coverage of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   At the foot of the 2018 Olympic ski jump, Pyeongchang South Korea. iPhone photo by Nick Scott

100 Gallons: UNC Powering a Nation 2012

100 Gallons: UNC Powering a Nation 2012

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in affiliations, education

Had the pleasure of serving as a coach for the talented crew of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Powering a Nation special report. You can see the resulting feature video-slash-launchpad to more content here: www.100gallons.org. From the site: “”100 Gallons” explores how our most critical resource goes far beyond traditional ...

Street Popcorn

Street Popcorn

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

A migrant worker family in Shanghai supplements their wages selling popcorn on the streets every evening, knocking open a heated pressurized vessel filled with rice and corn kernels as a customer braces for the explosion. (POYi 64 Magazine Feature Picture, second place)

Inside and Out

Inside and Out

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in A Selection, Americas, Pictures

Wilderness scientists practice survival skills and living off the land in the forests on Lake Champlain, Vermont, including the complete skinning of a bobcat with a knife made from a piece of obsidian rock. The bobcat had been struck and killed by traffic on the nearby highway.

All Else

All Else

Posted by on Jun 30, 2012 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

A father and son enjoy a newly constructed public park in Beijing near one of the remaining hutong communities near the city center.

First tea

First tea

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

A bride serves tea at her own wedding as she meets her new husband’s family for the first time in Tainan, Taiwan. The marriage was arranged by a local fortune teller.

Rest stop

Rest stop

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

A betel nut girl brings in a fresh batch to sell from her booth on an expressway in Nantou, Taiwan. The betel nut is the second largest crop produced in Taiwan (after rice) and contains a natural stimulant popular with truck drivers on long journeys.

A path to friendship

A path to friendship

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

A drug user waits for local outreach workers who visit the slums outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, every week to distribute basic medical supplies and promote harm reduction.

LUCEO Images Student Project Award 2012

LUCEO Images Student Project Award 2012

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in affiliations, news & updates

Juror for the 2012 LUCEO Images Student Project Award, a grant made by LUCEO Images in support of a student long-term photographic project. Congratulations to Alena Zhandarova:

Alexia Foundation Website Redesign

Alexia Foundation Website Redesign

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in affiliations, news & updates

Served as supervising producer for the brand and website redesign of the Alexia Foundation, working with the talented design and development team of Mike Schmidt, Jody Sugrue, and Tom Jackson. Alexia’s mother and co-founder, Aphrodite Tsairis, welcomes all to the new site, the first redesign in the 20-year history of the foundation’s continuous support for documentary photography projects. ...

69th Pictures of the Year International

69th Pictures of the Year International

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in awards, news & updates

Damon Winter/The New York Times Honored to be included in the 69th Pictures of the Year International awards. Sky Cowboys was one of three pieces comprising Damon Winter’s winning Multimedia Portfolio of the Year. Too Young to Wed by Stephanie Sinclair places second for Issue Reporting Multimedia Story. Too Young to Wed by Stephanie Sinclair

Digital Ellies: National Magazine Awards 2012

Digital Ellies: National Magazine Awards 2012

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in awards, news & updates

Honored to be included in Wired Magazine’s win for Design: National Magazine Award for Digital Media 2012, for its Underworld Issue, February 2011 on the iPad. Presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). Original music and sound design for the iPad video cover of the magazine.

Let a Monkey Be Your Guide

Let a Monkey Be Your Guide

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Asia, Pictures

If we are about to lose our balance, maybe it is better to jump than fall. (China)

The Sky Cowboys

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 in news & updates, projects

Sound design and additional reporting for the New York Times Magazine from original recordings and interviews with the iron workers atop the Freedom Tower in the making. Photographs by Damon Winter. The images and soundscape were part of the Magazine’s commemorative series for the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, and was also exhibited in ...

Life is Like a Zebra Crossing

Life is Like a Zebra Crossing

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Asia, Pictures

Maybe running away from the truth only finds you alone with it in a faraway place. (China)

I will call him Fishy

I will call him Fishy

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in Asia, Pictures

Do you know how fish breathe? “No.”

School of Visual Arts: Multimedia for Photographers

School of Visual Arts: Multimedia for Photographers

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in education, news & updates

Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2010-Spring 2011 for the School of Visual Arts’ MPS Digital Photography Program Introduction to Multimedia.

Monster’s Breath

Monster’s Breath

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in A Selection, Americas, Pictures

A cold sunrise reveals the lake monster’s breath. (Sunrise on the lake at Shelburne Farms, a national historic landmark in Vermont.)

Wired Magazine: Issue #19.02

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in projects

Eva Midgley introduces issue 19.02 of Wired magazine, with a short film based on the theme, Underworld. The magazine promised to expose the world’s largest social network, organized crime and offered a guided tour to the dark side. Eva interpreted the theme under water, creating a murky, ominous, yet beautiful atmosphere, in which you never ...

International Center of Photography

International Center of Photography

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in education, news & updates

Instructor for Full-time Programs, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. From the course description: This course integrates visual communication skills with sound, voice, and narrative storytelling and presentation. Students expand their visual vocabulary, learn the core principles of audio storytelling, integrate their vision and style with multimedia tools, and combine their photography with sound to create a ...

New York Times: The Vanishing Mind

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 in news & updates, projects

For the New York Times’ ongoing series, The Vanishing Mind, focusing on global efforts to combat dementia, music composition for a story set in South Korea: Children Ease Alzheimer’s in Land of Aging by Pam Belluck, photography/video by Todd Heisler, produced by Nancy Donaldson and Soo-Jeong Kang.

FotoWeek DC: International Awards Competition

FotoWeek DC: International Awards Competition

Posted by on Nov 6, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

Served as a juror for FotoweekDC 2010 International Awards Competition, Multimedia Division.

New York Times Magazine: Beauty of the Power Game

New York Times Magazine: Beauty of the Power Game

Posted by on Aug 25, 2010 in projects | 7 Comments

I was commissioned to score music to film for the New York Times Magazine August 2010, in a series of videos capturing in bullet time the women of professional tennis, shot and directed by Dewey Nicks on phantom cameras, produced by the New York Times Magazine (full credits). Watch the videos, See the photos, Read ...

Maine Media Workshops

Maine Media Workshops

Posted by on Aug 6, 2010 in education, news & updates

Instructor for Multimedia Production at the Maine Workshops. From the course description: Storytelling is at the heart of multimedia. Developing compelling narratives increases the odds that viewers engage documentary content and remember it. For this workshop, students bring previously shot multimedia pieces and work directly with industry professionals to shape and craft their stories. Students ...

Eighty-six Years Ago

Eighty-six Years Ago

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

Xie Xianglong, 99, and his wife eat lunch in the same house they have been living in since they were married in 1943, nestled in the remote mountains in Jiangxi province, China. The mountains here are hailed as the birthplace of the Red Army. Xianglong met the future Chairman when he was 13 years old. ...

Monks Prefer Nokia

Monks Prefer Nokia

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

Things that transcend time, place and language: music, monks, the World Cup… (A monk walks through a neighborhood outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.)

The Railroad Village

The Railroad Village

Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in Asia, Pictures

Runners barefoot sprint through black mud against sheet metal as the stench of the open sewage rises.  “Who lives here?”, I ask him. “Those without a choice,” he replies. (along the tracks)

Cilantro Hating in the Blogosphere

Cilantro Hating in the Blogosphere

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

My aggressive opinion of cilantro makes a guest appearance in food writer Regina Schrambling’s Epicurious blog. Read it here.

Draw the Dragons, Dot the Eyes

Draw the Dragons, Dot the Eyes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Americas, Pictures

The most life-like strokes of a subtle portrait come from the eyes. In the drawing of dragons, it must not be done, lest they fly away from the wall into the sky. (Chinese proverb)

Three Women

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in projects

 Role: photographer From the Project Description: Three Women is a work of fiction. I wrote a script and I directed actors. But for me, these stories are also true. They tell the story of women in pain who struggle to make sense of their lives. Photographs tell these stories, not video, as I wanted ...

A Light Upstairs

A Light Upstairs

Posted by on Jun 2, 2010 in Americas, Pictures

“Gravity doesn’t go upwards suddenly every Tuesday.” -Eric Maierson February 22, 2008. (Flamingo)

Newhouse Network: 25 to Watch

Newhouse Network: 25 to Watch

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in awards, news & updates

Featured in Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Newhouse Network magazine’s “25 to Watch”, Spring 2010.

Meet Cute

Meet Cute

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Americas, Pictures

You find me in the latest crowd of strangers. (forest)

Photo District News: Anatomy of a Grant

Photo District News: Anatomy of a Grant

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

Interviewed by Photo District News for article: Anatomy of a Winning Grant Proposal: Louie Palu’s Kandahar Project. See the proposal here.

Today’s Cravings are but Sun-drenched Dreams

Today’s Cravings are but Sun-drenched Dreams

Posted by on Apr 9, 2010 in Europe, Pictures

Don’t look back but for all we ever loved. Look ahead, but for all we will fear. Today’s cravings are but sun-drenched dreams submersed in logic and buoyed by a hope. (Catalonia)

Nominated: Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade

Nominated: Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in awards, news & updates

Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik, produced by Chad Stevens/MediaStorm was nominated for New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. Role: original music

POYi 67: Editing & Multimedia

POYi 67: Editing & Multimedia

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

For Pictures of the Year International, served on the Multimedia & Editing Division judging panel with Heidi deLaubenfels, Sonya Doctorian, and Jim Lo Scalzo. Humbled with gratitude for the work of so many visions.       About Pictures of the Year International (POYi): Since its founding in 1944, POYi has become the oldest and ...

Flee the Well

Flee the Well

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Americas, Pictures

“To a frog at the bottom of a well, the world is just a blue circle.” Six days and a thousand stories ago, was someone else. Dive deep, but breathe the sky. (Missouri)

The 2009 Alexia Foundation Grant

The 2009 Alexia Foundation Grant

Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

Served as a juror for the professional and student grant awards The Alexia Foundation for World Peace with Tom Kennedy and Patty Reksten. About: The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength — not our ...

WHNPA: Eyes of History 2010

WHNPA: Eyes of History 2010

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in affiliations, news & updates

At the White House News Photographers Association Eyes of History 2010 contest, served as a New Media judge with Meredith Birkett, MSNBC.com and Bruce Strong, Syracuse University. Amazing work to see, and congrats to all… Role: judge, New Media category

One Jellyfish Hunter

One Jellyfish Hunter

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Americas, Pictures

The convenience store clerk studies my American friend guessing gum flavors in their Chinese packages. She waves me over, “Hello. Convince me of something. Convince me why it’s worth going to America, when I can find everything here in Shanghai.” I say, “In America, you can live life going entire days without seeing another person.” ...

Eleven Minutes

Eleven Minutes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in Asia, Pictures

A flour-capped mountain of wet dough is the day’s hourglass: when the dough is gone, the day ends. The noodle maker digs a deep fistful then beats and weaves thick goo into taut threads, from whence my noodle bowl lunch emerges in eleven minutes. “How can you make a living today?” he shakes his head, ...

2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards

2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010 in awards, news & updates

MediaStorm’s Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik and produced by Chad A. Stevens receives the first duPont Award for a Web-based production. Congrats to all! role: original music

Five Miles Per Hour

Five Miles Per Hour

Posted by on Jan 3, 2010 in Europe, Pictures

A cab driver tells me that he only ever drives when he works. “Frankly, if you don’t see something interesting walking six blocks in your own town, I question your fascination with life,” he says, “What you see going 35 miles per hour is not what you see going five.” “I call architecture frozen music.” ...

National Public Radio

National Public Radio

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009 in education, news & updates

Worked with National Public Radio newsroom producers and reporters in workshops on conceptualizing and producing visual stories as part of the two-year long Knights in Training multimedia training program.

For the Love of Dirt

For the Love of Dirt

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009 in Asia, Pictures

New friends around every corner. (China)

Where is the good in goodbye?

Where is the good in goodbye?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Smile because we lived, and that we part only to meet again. (goodbye)

“Launch” Exhibition

“Launch” Exhibition

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in affiliations, news & updates

Co-curated with Susanne Miklas/Newsweek and Melanie McWhorter/Photo-Eye the Women Photojournalists of Washington’s “Launch” exhibition at Honfleur Gallery during Fotoweek DC 2009 Festival, opening November 7, 2009. Thanks to all, photographers! PHOTOGRAPHERS: Astrid Riecken, Allison Shelley, Abby Greenawalt, Ashley Twiggs, Algerina Perna, Amanda Lucidon, Andrea Bruce, Carol Guzy, Gabriela Bulisova, Jamie Rose, Katie Falkenberg, Laura Elizabeth ...

Opera for Breakfast

Opera for Breakfast

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures

If I were riding my bicycle through the village at daybreak on a frigid September morning, wouldn’t I stop to hear a live opera performance at a noodle stand, too? (Neighbors gather in the early morning to watch or participate in an open air opera practice, central Shanxi province, China.)

“Yep, It’s Love”

“Yep, It’s Love”

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

A perfect day. “Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away.” -from the ceremony reading (congrats, Jody and Tom!)

The Soccer War Author

The Soccer War Author

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Learn to love a thing together and become connected by something timeless. “…written polyphonically, meaning that the characters, places, and themes that thread their way through its pages might reappear several times, in different years and contexts.” -Ryszard Kapuscinski (Summer dreams, Riverside Park)

30th National Emmy Awards

30th National Emmy Awards

Posted by on Jul 14, 2009 in awards, news & updates

Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik and MediaStorm (produced by Chad A. Stevens) was nominated in the 30th Annual Emmy Awards for New Approaches to News and Documentary: Documentaries! Role:original music.

Would Rather Ironman’s Perspective

Would Rather Ironman’s Perspective

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

A wish fulfilled in sleep. “Did anyone ever have a boring dream?” -Ralph Hodgson (overcast day)

Look3: Greenroofs

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in news & updates | One Comment

Slideshow featurette on the Green Roofs story in May 2009 National Geographic Energy Issue debuts at Look3 Photography Festival in Charlottesville, VA. Photography and narration by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel. Production by Blair Madigan. Role: original music

NPPA Multimedia Immersion Seminar

NPPA Multimedia Immersion Seminar

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in education, news & updates

National Press Photographer’s Association, Seth Gitner and Will Sullivan host a massive weeklong adventure of people and knowledge and gear in Las Vegas. Role: coach, speaker

Partnering with NGOs to Produce Meaningful Work

Partnering with NGOs to Produce Meaningful Work

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in education, news & updates

Guest speaker at Jonathan Torgovnik’s workshop, “Partnering with NGOs to Produce Meaningful Work” on collaborating with NGOs and Non-for-Profit organizations to communicate issues of contemporary social significance at the International Center of Photography.

On Traveling

On Traveling

Posted by on May 18, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

“Pam relies on the good humor of the universe to get from point A to B” -overheard in the office.

Operator #1871

Operator #1871

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

“You don’t have a TV? You must be an artist or something. People who don’t have TV’s are very interesting people. They gotta be! They can’t rely on their TV to make their life interesting. They are inherently interesting.” -Lynette, operator #1871, Time Warner Cable Customer Service “Like dew on the tip of a leaf..” ...

2009 Webby Awards

2009 Webby Awards

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in awards, news & updates

Congrats to all–MediaStorm’s Intended Consequences wins 2009 Webby Award for Documentary: Individual Episode. Role: original music.

Why Not

Why Not

Posted by on Apr 24, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Reverting to default factory settings. (Portsmouth, VA)

One Billion Heartbeats

One Billion Heartbeats

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

How can we measure the length of a life? “So let us look upon that clock on the wall, not as measuring minutes, but rather heartbeats of the creature watching it. It turns out that all animals live for roughly a billion heartbeats.” -John Lienhard (Leica yawns, Bushwick)

Diamond Nightmare

Diamond Nightmare

Posted by on Apr 8, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

On the List of Things To Learn Soon, Added #45: How to Whistle, #46: How to Climb a Rope, and #47: How to Throw Something with Accuracy.   (old Yankee Stadium)

Hulu.com

Posted by on Apr 7, 2009 in news & updates, projects | 2 Comments

Wrote the music for this public service announcement on the Coal River Mountain Wind Project in conjunction with the upcoming film by milesfrommaybe. The PSA had its debut on Hulu.com. Role: original music

Prehistoric Dawn

Prehistoric Dawn

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

“Just poured a cup of black tea with honey. It’s so cold the honey hardly ran out of the bottle and the tea is some kind of free organic promotion. The package said that ‘Each cup tells a thousand stories’. Who the hell comes up with these stupid things? Everyone knows a cup of tea ...

Invisible Sights Are Best Enjoyed Ignored

Invisible Sights Are Best Enjoyed Ignored

Posted by on Mar 12, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

A traffic conductor strides into oncoming traffic. Two unmarked cars blow past him and fishtail stop, dramatically forming a barrier. In the same fluid momentum, one car door swings open and a man hits the ground sprinting. Mid-stride he intercepts a flying rubber cable hurtled halfway down the block by someone appeared on the curbside. ...

The Ambiguity of Mornings

The Ambiguity of Mornings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Half past dawn. An Upper West Side mom pulling a pink-leashed Yorkie and pushing a stroller-saddled toddler approaches me on the curb. Suddenly the dog darts across the sidewalk, a flash of hot pink turns tripwire and I stumble just as toddler begins yodeling. Mom shouts, “TINA!” and it was impossible to tell whether Tina ...

How to Orient Yourself in Park Slope

How to Orient Yourself in Park Slope

Posted by on Feb 23, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Mobile Phone Transcript: pc: I’m out of the subway! Which way do I walk? tk: Do you see this plane flying overhead? pc: No, but I can hear it. tk: Wait for the plane to fly overhead. <plane flies overhead> pc: OK I see it. tk: Walk in the opposite direction the plane’s going until ...

Telekinetic Fire

Telekinetic Fire

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

One autumn night in upstate New York, we all made a fire and discussed superpowers. “Can I tell you something I have never told anyone?” asked the fire-tender, “I was very young at the time. When I shook my head, my ears would ring a little, and I believed this was the start of becoming ...

Special Olympics World Winter Games

Special Olympics World Winter Games

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in education, news & updates

Coaching a small army of students to film, edit and post video footage of every athlete in every heat of every event at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, ID.

Oink and Moo

Oink and Moo

Posted by on Jan 25, 2009 in Americas, Pictures

Flight home was made possible by my dear sister who, upon being abruptly shaken from peaceful Saturday morning slumber, raced from the upper west side to JFK to deliver the entire contents of my forgotten wallet.Born Year of the Industrious Ox, meet Born Year of the Careless Pig. “Moo may represent an idea, but only ...

The Shire Organist

The Shire Organist

Posted by on Jan 7, 2009 in Africa, Pictures

In the exit row, a friendly young liver surgeon from New Zealand confirms my dreams: Middle Earth does indeed resemble The South Island. I confirm that some photojournalists shoot weddings on the side, and he nods knowingly. “I am a liver specialist. But on the side,” he muses, “I do kidneys.” “They saw the sky ...

Beyond Bootcamp Workshops

Beyond Bootcamp Workshops

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 in education, news & updates

Spoke on multimedia strategies for the Open Society Institute and original music composition for storytelling at the inaugural Beyond Bootcamp Workshops at the University of Miami.

Good Mor Nging

Good Mor Nging

Posted by on Dec 23, 2008 in Africa, Pictures

from the travel log: February 5, 2007. Senegal is new and cryptic. The air smells of concrete and sea salt in the early dawn, pickled fish in the evening twilight. There was a man selling trinkets by the shore who introduced himself as Mor Nging. “Yes,” he clarified, “Like the sunrise. Here is my dog. ...

To the sound of ocean pebbles clacking

To the sound of ocean pebbles clacking

Posted by on Dec 15, 2008 in Europe, Pictures

From the Log of Inexplicable Dreams: We all raced to the green cliff and when we leapt off the edge turned into various seabirds, dived gracefully into the ocean and resurfaced as humans. I think I was a tiny penguin, but you my friends were species most impressive. Wide awake. (a summit in Piatra Neamt)

All these male thunderbolts

All these male thunderbolts

Posted by on Dec 14, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

I have been informed that it is still football season. Census strategy by Joubert, taxi driver, Coconut Grove, FL: “You can find out just how many New Yorkers live in Miami when the Dolphins play the Jets.” “…Whose brains are in their hands and in their heels…” -Tennyson (Roanoke, VA)

Which way does time go?

Which way does time go?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

Watch the moments pass. (Williamsburg)

Not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape

Not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape

Posted by on Dec 1, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

I love to leave this place I love returning to. Happy Thanksgiving, (the L train, for ten15am.com)

What is it else?

What is it else?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

Strangers do bond over lighters and doorways. “Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs.” -Shakespeare (Soho)

Spunky at Work

Spunky at Work

Posted by on Nov 24, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

Strange dreams are a safety valve. (2005 Portsmouth, VA)

INAFU6059: The Wired World

INAFU6059: The Wired World

Posted by on Nov 15, 2008 in education, news & updates

Had the pleasure of serving as a reoccurring guest speaker on video advocacy strategies and production at Columbia University’s School for International Affairs (SIPA) in The Wired World, taught by professors Tom Glaisyer, Jed Miller and Anya Schiffrin. From the course description: Students will learn the practical skills of new media, including blogging, audio and ...

I Coasted West

I Coasted West

Posted by on Nov 14, 2008 in A Selection, Africa, Pictures

Missing parts. “A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.” -Debussy (Divers prepare to recover submerged ship wreckage off the coast of Dakar, Senegal.)

Can’t tilt windmills that aren’t standing still

Can’t tilt windmills that aren’t standing still

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Asia, Pictures

Loving the romp through a jumbled tumble of ideas today. “Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef” -Tom Robbins (The Bund)

Election Day 2008

Election Day 2008

Posted by on Nov 4, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

Joined the proudest queue of strangers and neighbors at dawn today. “Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.” -EB White (125 West 109th St)

The Hearts of Trees

The Hearts of Trees

Posted by on Nov 2, 2008 in Americas, Pictures

So much change, so little time. (cliff by the lake)