Jun 26, 2010

Rickshaws From Around The World

Rickshaws are a quick, inexpensive way to get around some of the world’s cities. 
India has a few varieties. Cycle rickshaws are a good way to navigate the narrow lanes of Old Delhi.
But the yellow and green auto rickshaws are more suitable for New Delhi and for longer distances.
A rickshaw or tuk tuk ride up this steep hill in San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala would be welcomed.
Cycle rickshaws like this one parked in a Hutong in Beijing are pretty much used for tourists these days.
 In Kathmandu, Nepal cycle rickshaws like this one in Durbar Square are art on wheels.

Have you ever ridden in a rickshaw and if so where?

Jun 19, 2010

Street Scenes: Dr. Simi Mexico City

While he isn’t exactly the picture of health you will see Dr. Simi throughout Mexico. The pudgy mascot dances outside the pharmacy chain he represents Farmacias Similares, which dispenses generic drugs at lower costs. Walk in medical clinics are attached to the pharmacies.

In this photo Dr. Simi is sporting a football shirt in support of Mexico’s participation in the World Cup. Are you following the World Cup and if so which team are you rooting for?

Jun 12, 2010

Street Scenes: Diriomo Witchcraft Capital of the Meseta

You wouldn’t know by looking at it but Diriomo, Nicaragua is known as the Witchcraft capital of the Meseta. The practices and beliefs date back to Nicaragua’s indigenous roots. Diriomo is also one of the Los Pueblos Blancos, or White Villages, of Nicaragua. Each is know for something different, such as pottery or plant nurseries.

It was the last stop after a day of village hopping before taking the local bus back to Granada. The small town was full of activity in the late afternoon. A local eatery served up a large fried chicken platter before we hit the road. There were no tourists in sight.

Jun 8, 2010

Mexico Bound

I’m in Mexico the rest of the week and part of next. It’s been more than a year since I was there last. The plans are to spend most of the time in Mexico City wandering different neighborhoods updating my photography files.
There is also a side trip planned to Taxco, a beautiful small colonial city famous for its silver. As always I’ll have posts lined up while I’m away and plenty to write when I get back. In the meantime I leave you with this photograph of an Aztec Dancer in Mexico City’s Zocalo, once the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Jun 4, 2010

Published Photographs: Time Out Edition

I was commissioned last year by Time Out to photograph its latest New York City Guidebook, which was published this week. The mandate was to photograph 60 locations in 30 days, which took me to all five boroughs.

Photographing a guidebook is all about versatility in terms of photography skills. A city guidebook in particular is so much more than waiting for the right light and weather to photograph major sights. A typical day which runs well into the night would include restaurants, music venues, shops, art galleries, hotels and comedy acts.

Like many travel photographers I spend several months a year photographing cities around the world. It was a pleasure to photograph my hometown from top to bottom and discover new places along the way.

Pictured above from top to bottom: DUMBO, Bar at the Jane Hotel, Washington Square Park.