I took a week to visit my brother in Nicaragua. Knowing nothing, I read two non-fiction stories before going to get an understanding of the Somoza and Sandinista governments that traded responsibility during the 1970s and 1980s. For the worms out there, the first was called Gringo Nightmare, about an American entrepreneur who was convicted of murder in Nica. The second was The Country Under My Skin by the prolific Nicaraguan poet, Gioconda Belli.
What stood out to me was the self importance of the foreigners, and the expectation that the Nica people had to serve and take what they could get. Regardless of revolution, granted I only observed for a week, I'm unconvinced as to how much life changed for the average family.
I'm a huge fan of the internet. It's amazing how many people want to connect and create. Thanks Abbie Wikner
The return to Washington, DC was nothing but love from childhood friends and I met people who reflect the change I think needs to happen in the city.
The Metro is still terrible though.
A brief trip to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
Beauty has and will always be subjective. Constructed from general misconceptions and the desire to be accepted into the popular whole, beauty is becoming the antithesis of nature’s intentions, a mutation of it’s roots. In Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, women bleach their skin and wrap themselves head to toe under a 40 C sun in an attempt to preserve porcelain skin. Ironically, in order to preserve this beauty, it must be hidden from sight.
Saigon’s Covergirl is exploration in the striking absurdity of Vietnamese beauty. The six piece series depicts a hyperbolic near future where environmental and social pressures force the quintessential Vietnamese beauty to completely cover up. Styled after fashion editorial shoots, the Beauty dons traditionally inspired clothing while wearing a painted gas mask, effectively becoming her synthetic face.
Huge thanks to Keisha Strikker, Naomi Roestel, and Duylam Nguyen-Ngo.
Sand, sun, and grain along the Black Sea. Shot with Minox 35 GL and Ilford 400
Photographs taken in October 2014 directly following the San Francisco Giants' eighth World Series Championship.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015. D'Angelo & the Vanguard perform at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California. For Rob Goszkowski.
Black and white 35mm pictures of the thirtieth annual BDSM and leather subculture Folsom Street Fair.