I sat down this morning to start writing about one thing, got distracted, and ended-up looking through my images from Mongolia.
This is late September in Mongolia. The days were a mix of sun, wind, and clouds. The nights were cold. Just wait an hour and the weather would change. Some days our group ate lunch in our shirt-sleeves in the middle of an open field. Other days we huddled around our hot bowls of soup in a borrowed shelter. One morning I awoke to flurries and a dusting of snow. I bundled up and walked over to our Kazakh host-family house to watch the morning yak milking. This was woman’s work.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to organize some portfolios across my work. It feels unsatisfying to organize a portfolio along one obvious idea such as a single place or subject. Instead, I am looking to find a set of images that I can organize around how they talk about story or culture. This image is about Mongolia and features one primary actor in her surroundings. It is also about women and their role in rural cultures.
I believe in the use of photography to tell candid stories that document the human condition in order to bring people together with understanding and acceptance.
These are the principles that guide my photography:
- Create compelling stories: Say something, ask questions.
- Life happens in COLOR: Color carries emotional content.
- Create visual poems: Composition matters.
- Composition is additive: Use a lot of adjectives.
- Connect the dots: Capture the scene as the subject.
- Create short stories: Tell a story through time.
- Travel: Spread a worldview of understanding and acceptance.
- Take chances: An image is more than the sum of its pixels.
- Follow the National Press Photographer Association’s Code of Ethics.
In this book I explain my manifesto, provide examples, and include a chapter on street photography technique.