This week, @newhousempd hosts the @thefallworkshop. It has been a life changing experience the last two years that I’ve participated. Being able to interact with and learn from top visual storytellers while producing my own piece is extremely rewarding. Also, to have the same professionals and professors go almost 30 hours of without sleep to make sure you’re learning and doing the best job possible is very inspiring. Though this year I won’t be able to attend, I wish all my peers the best of luck! Listen, produce, and most importantly, grow as visual storytellers. This photo is from last years story: “Trust Your Struggle.” Huge thanks to Enzo and the West Athletic Center for allowing me to document and share this story.
GIVE US THAT W AGAINST THE NUMBER TWO TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. A little disappointed I wasn’t there to watch it happen but happy that it did. Let’s gggoooo, @cusefootball
Two days passed before I started missing the beach again.
Swipe ⬅️: Small World Moment - This past week, I was in Salvador as part of my study abroad program. On our last day, we traveled to nearby islands in the bay. During the boat ride, I started talking to an English woman that had traveled to Bahia to complete a bike race to raise money for cancer research. I asked her if she knew about RAAM and if she had heard about @3000toacure. Turns out, she was familiar with the race and the cause through one of her friends. It was awesome to see how far this cause has traveled! Here is the story edit from this year’s race. You can find the rest of the images on the 3000 Miles to a Cure FaceBook page where you can also make a donation to this amazing cause.
Saying “até mais” to Salvador.
“Oi, amigo, posso ter agua?”
Uma lição de bateria esta manhã com o Grupo Cultural Arte Consciente em Salvador, Bahia.
Cores da Bahia.
Serenity. Salvador, Brasil.
Missing Friday Night Lights.
Saudade. Nostalgia. @lukerafferty and I went to Camaguey, Cuba to photograph one of the best boxing programs in the country this past March. We had been told that we were going to be given access to the gym but once we got there, that access was denied… God works in mysterious ways. Our contact in Camaguey was as frustrated as we were and immediately started thinking of the people he knew and stories that might interest us. We waited a few hours before he called us and told us to get ready. He was going to introduce us to some of his students that are glass artisans. There we met the Vitro Arte team. They do amazing pieces with old, rustic machines and barely any materials. We filmed a short video that can be found on Vimeo called “VitroArte: Mas con Menos.” It’s amazing what great memories images can help you remember.
About a year a go, I walked into the West Athletic Center wanting to photograph a “boxing story.” Little did I know, that I would find something much more meaningful. I found a place that trains young men to be champions inside and outside the ring. As I get my CPOY submission ready and I go through all the photos I took in a span of a year, I miss this gym in Syracuse and the people that comprise it even more. This image is part of one of the stories I did: Rumble Young Man, Rumble - a story that just became a finalist for Multimedia Story of the Year in the Photo Slideshow category for the Associated Collegiate Press Multimedia Story of the Year contest. I’ll always be grateful to the West Athletic Center, Lungz and his family for allowing me to document this amazing story.
Honored to say that this frame is a finalist for the Associate Collegiate Press' Photo Excellence contest (@collegiatepress). Even more excited that five of my peers are finalists as well! I think it speaks to the awesomeness of @newhousempd and everyone involved!!! --- From earlier this year: This story, has been one of my favorites. At 11:00PM, @JacobDegestis and I headed out with a case worker to pick up a refugee family from the Congo. We were also with a family member who had not seen his family in over a year. The reunion was what we had hoped for - smiles, kisses, and a lot of love. We then headed back to a family’s home that was cooking a traditional Congolese meal. Words cannot describe how amazing this was. Though I could not understand much of what was being said, just being in that setting and finding the universal aspects that connected us was an incredible experience. I want to thank the family for allowing us into their beautiful home and allowing us to document these first few hours. It was truly an honor. I also want to encourage you to read the piece at the dailyorange.com.
I met Marshall a little over 2 years ago when I was assigned to cover his Race Across America for @3000toacure. Since then, we’ve been able to catch up on multiple occasions - from Florida to Syracuse to RAAM again this year, where he crewed for #4Dudes3KC and I photographed #Cruzbike3KC. Yesterday, we were able to catch up here in Sao Paulo and as always, part of the conversation was about RAAM and what a crazy adventure it is! Marshall wrote a book about it titled “One Long Day” that can be purchased on Amazon. You can find the photo story in his book and on my website… Thankful for this great friendship! — The photo on the left was taken at Oceanside this past summer as we got ready for RAAM (and where we rocked mustaches to support the crew) and the photo on the right was taken yesterday in Sao Paulo. P.S. I’ll never rock that mustache look ever again.
Swipe ⬅️: Nakaoshi, 74, has played baseball for most of his life. He currently plays in the 65+ São Paulo Giants baseball team. This past Saturday he pitched a few solid innings before tiring and then played outfield.
I've always thought of my camera as a passport. Not only to different places around the world but also to different cultures and people. Today, that proved to be true once more when I was invited to lunch after the Giants' 65+ team finished their practice. I learned how to use chopsticks, ate Japanese food, and had various conversations about Japanese culture here in São Paulo. Days like these just reinforce why I love doing what I do.
#FBF: Cuban boxer Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (@rigoelchacal305) just confirmed his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko for December 9th at @thegarden. Took this portrait after his workout as he was preparing for a fight in June. #CubanPride #Boxing #Boxer #ElChacal
Hoje a gente visitou o museu do futebol.
Love for the game: The Sao Paulo Giants club has various teams at different age groups. Pictured in these two frames are both the 65-and-over team and the 10-12 year old team. Most on the former have been playing baseball since they were kids in Japan - thats almost 60 years. As a matter of fact, the gentleman sitting far left is 90 years old. Every Saturday, this group of men gets together and plays a scrimmage game where their main goal is to stay active and have fun. Some sit on the bench and drink beer while others swing for the fences and get very excited when they make good plays. In juxtaposition, the younger teams are not very familiar with baseball. In fact, many of their parents do not know the rules to the game as baseball is not popular or known in the country. Many of these kids just recently found out about the sport. It was very interesting to talk to the parents of some of these kids because they talked about their preference for baseball as they believe that it creates a camaraderie amongst the kids unlike soccer. Everyone shares the same responsibility for the success of the team and it creates a family environment that they really enjoy.
Back at it: Club baseball teams have started to practice again as they get ready for their season in November. Most of the teams are comprised of players of Japanese descent as they’ve continued to play the sport after their forefathers brought the game to the country and have played it ever since. In Sao Paulo, there are a few clubs/teams that practice the sport and have various teams at the different age groups. Today, I was fortunate enough to photograph three different generations playing in three different fields at the same time. More photos soon.