“Find the stories that unite us” — Award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale presenting in Portland, Oregon USA January 22

“Empathy is the key to great stories” –Ami Vitale I had the great honor of meeting American photojournalist and National Geographic contributor Ami Vitale in Siena, Italy in October at the Siena International Photography Awards Ceremony and Festival. Ami won the Storytelling category in Siena and the prestigious title of “Best Author 2017.” She gave her powerful and inspiring National Geographic LIVE presentation at the University … Continue reading “Find the stories that unite us” — Award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale presenting in Portland, Oregon USA January 22

Where travel and wonder meet

For me, one of the most fantastic aspects of travel and new cultural experience is that it stimulates a sense of wonder about the world. It’s like a treasure hunt for hidden histories — and mysteries. Everything from the smell of foreign spices in a Mexico City market to peeking through a rusting keyhole into a crumbling courtyard in Venice feels thrilling — and makes … Continue reading Where travel and wonder meet

Best of January! LensCulture’s Go-To List for contests, residencies & more

Best of January: Deadlines for Competitions, Workshops, Residencies and More – Selected by the editors of LensCulture | LensCulture Part of our mission at LensCulture is to provide photographers everywhere with opportunities for both creative and professional advancement. With that goal in mind, we’ve compiled this short list of upcoming deadlines that caught our eye for January. Continue reading Best of January! LensCulture’s Go-To List for contests, residencies & more

A portal through which others can dream: Photography by Andrea Giandomenico

It was a pleasure to write about Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico’s work recently for Street Photography Magazine. The moment I saw his striking images from rural Italy, I asked him for permission to propose a feature. The piece explores a different and more difficult type of street photography and the importance of capturing the spirit of a place and its people without being a disruptive … Continue reading A portal through which others can dream: Photography by Andrea Giandomenico

Siena bound

I got into Florence, Italy very late last night & arrived at my room at Hotel Angelica near midnight. It turns out the lovely woman who checked me in after hours was Angelica herself.  This morning, after two delicious cappuccinos & a long walk, she sent me off to the train station (conveniently right around the corner) with hugs & kisses. Now that’s service!  She told … Continue reading Siena bound

Ready, Set, Siena

I’m all packed up and ready to make the leap to Italy today with a layover in Amsterdam that I plan on taking full advantage of with a long city walk. It’s time once again for the Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) event & Festival in beautiful Tuscany. I’m looking forward to meeting photographers around the world and reuniting with friends from Pistoia to Switzerland … Continue reading Ready, Set, Siena

“So I quit that job…” Rick Fogel’s artistic legacy

When I saw musician Rick Fogel busking on the main street in La Conner, Washington, USA, I put some money in his collection jar, snapped his photo and asked him for his business card. I immediately knew I’d be writing more about him one day. I think you’ll find his story as cool & inspiring as I did.   Watch for Rick playing dulcimer and fiddle … Continue reading “So I quit that job…” Rick Fogel’s artistic legacy

Wanderlust

I’m almost too busy to blog currently, but there are adventures on the horizon. Today’s post will have to be brief yet hopefully inspirational. I snapped these infrared shot while traveling for my contract communications work through Parkdale, Oregon at the base of our beautiful sleeping volcano, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. I had two minutes of extra time with Mt. Hood came into … Continue reading Wanderlust