Every Tuesday, savor Catherine’s evocative joie de vivre and mysterious lightness of being through subjects as diverse as Appalachian inhabitants, Tasmanian farmers, tribal people and celebrities.
Photo of the Week
Myanmar has been at the center of political unrest and human rights violations for decades. Even though Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have collected a vast amount of information on the subject, most Americans are uninformed and unaware of the plight of the Burmese people. During my travels along the Thailand and Myanmar border, I was exposed to Burmese refugees who had suffered greatly at the hands of the government. Despite the government denying access to journalists and photographers, I was able to photograph some of the refugees living along the Thai border. Although none of the images graphically show beatings and killings of the Burmese tribes’ people, they are still very powerful and reveal a lot about the people and their current environment. Through this image of a Burmese refugee boy, I wanted to capture the hardship and strength in his eyes and expression.
To get to know the Novogratzes, you must first take a tour of their house. I was lucky enough to photograph the beautiful, eclectic family, helmed by Cortney and Rob from Sixx Design, last year and stayed with them in their five-story house in NYC last Spring. Like a modern museum, mixed with the whimsy of the occasional street feel and traditional piece, the house is a fashion-forward amalgamation of colors, art, personalities and the warmth of a loving family. In this photograph, Cortney and Rob sit on a Adid Aziz desk – the other is residing in the famed MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City – which they hauled into their master bedroom with a crane before installing the windows. To witness the creative brilliance of the couple and how they manage their 7 kids, watch Home by Novogratz on Saturdays at 10/9 (c), which premiered on July 16 on HGTV. Also, stay tuned for images from my full shoot with the family this summer.
An unemployed coal miner smoking a cigarette in front of his home in the west coast of Tasmania, which is often referred to as the “Wild West.” Tasmania is one of the highlights of my photography career. I was honored to be part of a group of 17 internationally renowned photographers Adobe sent to the end of the world, literally, to the remote Australian island. It was on this mission that I first met Bruce Dale, our guest on TWiT Photo today, and witnessed his artistic and technical brilliance. Bruce has photographed in more than 75 countries for National Geographic – check out his work on http://www.brucedale.com. Tune in to TWiT Photo live today at 1 p.m. PST.
It was summer, and the soaring heat of West Virginia was adding to my agitation as I held my Canon 5DMII with my clammy hand. I had spent 4 hours photographing a family I found driving around in Appalachia – and I still hadn’t got a single magic shot. Right when I was going to give up, I saw through the family’s fence this girl playing in the cornfield. I took to my heels and ran next door. At first, her mom wasn’t interested, but after much persistent begging, she consented to “one” photograph. And that one photograph was magic.
It’s been some time since Viet Duc, but the murky vignettes of broken needles on a dirty floor and doctors conducting open surgery without gloves still haunt me to this day through my photographs. When I was a beginning photographer, I volunteered for American Veteran Dr. Dan Berliner and documented the Viet Duc ICU in Hanoi, Vietnam – and the experience was, well, humbling and shocking for someone from a developed country. In this photograph, a father scales a wall to have a glimpse of his toddler son who is confined to the muggy hospital bed by a brace wrapped around his injured private area. Visitors were not allowed.