Nov 30, 2009

Passports With Purpose-Building a School in Cambodia

Travel bloggers are uniting once again for Passports with Purpose. This year the goal is to raise money for American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia. The money raised by Passports with Purpose will be used to build a much needed school.

Passports with Purpose raised more than $7,000 for Heifer International last year. This year’s goal is $13,000. Each blogger has secured a prize for a raffle. I’m donating a $100 gift certificate to B&H Photo, which I will send anywhere in the U.S. Check out the Passports with Purpose home page to participate and for more details on AAfC and a full list of prizes. Each entry is $10 and 100% of all donations go directly to AAfC, a 501 (c)(3) charity. Winners will be announced January 5th.

Nov 25, 2009

Nicaragua: Couple In Market

It’s been longer than usual since my last post. I’m currently in the midst of shooting a New York City guidebook. It’s a joy to photograph my own city on assignment and it’s keeping me busy. There is plenty more to come in more detail on my recent travels to Tokyo, Seoul and Nicaragua.

In the meantime I leave you with this photograph of a couple in Granada’s market. Nicaragua is by far one of the friendliest countries I’ve traveled to so far. It exudes a positive energy generated by its people. Which countries have you found the people the friendliest?

Nov 15, 2009

Portraits: Woman With Control

This woman was spotted in Catrina one of the Los Pueblos Blanco, or white villages, a short ride from Granada, Nicaragua.

The secret to balancing goods on your head besides grace, balance and plenty of practice-a piece of cloth rolled into a coil placed underneath. Give it a try.

Nov 8, 2009

Street Scenes: Palace Guards Seoul

Seoul is a city of grand ancient palaces. If you time it right you can catch elaborate changing of the guard ceremonies.

Dressed as Joseon era soldiers this crew was spotted on their way to Deoksugung, the Palace of Virtuous Longevity.

Nov 4, 2009

Strange Souvenirs: Barbed Wire DMZ Korea

A limited edition complete with serial number you won’t see one of these on any infomercial. But for about $15 you can pick one up at one of the world’s most dangerous borders, now a tourist attraction replete with souvenirs.

Among the standard pens, key chains and tee shirts are framed pieces of barbed wire from the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, the no man’s land separating North and South Korea. A commemorative souvenir it was issued in recognition of the 50-year anniversary of the Korean War. It reminds me of the pieces of the Berlin Wall that are sought out as souvenirs. Perhaps one day the barbed wire that separates North and South Korea will also come down and a country reunited.

Previous Posts in this Series:

Mosque Alarm Clock
Earthquake Detectors
Autopsy Cell Phone Straps