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Oct 03 2020 - Ostia Italy

Isolation and the beach.

The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

- Ritu Ghatourey -

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Aug 18 2020 - Denver Colorado USA

Three friends rescued hundreds of pounds of crayons from landfills to support young refugee children and their right to creative expression. Check out the Color the Camps project page. 

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Aug 15 2020 - Indian Peaks Wilderness Colorado USA

Colorado wildfires make landscape photography a drag.

Throw yourself off a cliff, figuratively speaking. Photography is a language. Think about what you want to use it to talk about. What are you interested in? What questions do you want to ask? Then go for it, and throw yourself into talking about that topic using photography. Make a body of work about that.
- Jonas Bendiksen -

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Feb 21 2020 - Alcatraz Island San Francisco USA

SF isolation.

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Feb 20 2020 - San Francisco USA

Obligatory Golden Gate pic.

Feb 01 2020 - Broomfield Colorado USA

Over the past year I've been working with Peak Dental Health, a local dentistry to reach new patients and provide educational resources. I've been broadening my scope of work to include their social media, creating marketing campaigns, photos as well as educational films and mini docs highlighting patient experiences. Having local work is great especially when you're in the middle of editing a documentary, it's also great opportunity to gain some skills that will help when documenting medical services in the field. 

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Jan 19 2020 - Colorado Springs Colorado USA

Snowy Garden of The Gods.

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Dec 31 2019 - Loano Italy

Celebrating the New Year with familia.

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The bare minimum of happiness.

Start there

What is it then take all else away

 

 



To make pictures and tell stories

Let's start there

Nothing else matters.

Dec 31 2019 - Borgio Verezzi Italy

Window seat in Osteria Rivamare.

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Dec 30 2019 - Loano Italy

Could watch him chase birds all day.

Dec 09 2019 - Thornton Colorado USA

After 10 years fighting to stay in the US, Imelda's final deportation hearing is tomorrow. Join us tomorrow in solidarity with Imelda and keeping families like hers together.

I’m with you. No matter what else you have in your head I’m with you and I love you.
- Ernest Hemingway -

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Oct 17 2019 - Coron Palawan Philippines

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
- Neil Gaiman -

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Sept 30 2019 - Gardens By The Bay in Singapore

Jul 12 2019 - Aurora Colorado USA

Protestors march to Aurora Colorado’s private ICE detention facility to demand the closure of concentration camps across the US.

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Jul 12 2019 - Aurora Colorado USA

A couple gaze toward Aurora ICE detention center as protestors replace the US, Colorado, and GEO prison flag with a Mexican flag during March to Close the Concentration Camps action.

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Jun 21 2019 - Westminster Colorado USA

"Build Bridges, Not Walls" by Lindee Zimmer 2018

Struggle.
Every human on this planet is guaranteed one thing the moment they enter this world and that is struggle. It's an inherent quality in our life. Everyone knows struggle, economic, emotional physical. Understand this is something we all have. Personal stories are beautifully imperfect because of this simple fact. Understand it is this that gives us character and shapes us. Use your struggle to get people to tell your story. Let your story, your struggle become a handshake. You know why we shake hands? It's to show we are unarmed and vulnerable. I’ve learned there is no greater pain than knowing you are alone. Story can become a medium to find a common ground. 

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Apr 28 2019 - Siquijor Philippines

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Apr 19 2019 - Seoul South Korea

Deoksugung palace at night.

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Apr 18 2019 - Seoul South Korea

Gyeongbok Royal Guard.

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Mar 10 2019 - Westminster Colorado USA

Looking for little details.

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Feb 09 2019 - Sicily Italy

NBC's The Voyager with Josh Garcia - Shining Sicily episode has been released. Click here to watch it.

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Jan 01 2019 - Loano Italy

Fighting three eyed monsters on New Year's Day.

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Jan 01 2019 - Loano Italy

Young photographer capturing New Year's celebrations.

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Dec 27 2018 - Torino Italy

Hello Torino.

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Dec 23 2018 - Cuneo Italy / Photo Aida Refugee Camp West Bank Palestine Feb 2016

Defying the Universe by Samah Sabawi
Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall
Do they need the army’s permission
For their prayers to reach the sky
For their love to cross the ocean
And touch your thirsty heart
Are your loved ones trapped

Do you yearn to be in your family home
And when you call them
Do they always say

“we are well, alhamdollelah”
Does it surprise you

That they are whole

But you… you are broken
Must they always worry about you
Urge you to have faith in your exile
Must they pity you
For not breathing the air

Of your ancestors’ land
Must they always comfort you
Even when the bombs are falling
Do you ever wonder who is walled in
Is it you, or is it them
And when it finally dawns upon you
That their dignity sets them free
Do you feel ashamed of your liberty

Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall
Do they tell you stories
Of how they survive
The trees they’ve replanted
The homes they’ve rebuilt
Do they assure you life goes on
Old men still fiddle with their prayer beads
Mothers still bake mamoul on eid
Families still gather under the canopies
With loaded bunches of grapes
Dangling above their heads
They nibble on watermelon seeds
They drink meramiah tea
Women perfect the art of match-making
Men talk of freedom and democracy
Children climb on a sycamore tree
Lovers woe in secrecy
And no matter how the conditions are adverse
Do your loved ones defy this universe
Your loved ones defy this universe

Poem originally posted: The Palestine Chronicle

Photo: Children in Aida refugee camp practice launching rocks over the separation wall in the West Bank, February 2016. This particular section of the wall separates the refugee camp from land containing hundreds of olive trees once cultivated by Palestinians. Built 15 years ago with a length of 125 miles the wall has become symbolic of Israel's continued violation of Palestinian human rights by restricting movement, access to resources and land.

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December 22 2018 - Catania Italy

Italy is forcing hundreds of migrants into homelessness before the Christmas holiday. The new "Salvini Decree" introduced by Italy's far-right removes humanitarian protection and access to shelter for thousands of asylum seekers living in Italy.

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Dec 12 2018 - Catania Italy

Picking the perfect kiwi in Sicily.

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Nov 27 2018 - Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado USA

Hello Bear Lake.

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Nov 25 2018 - Denver Colorado USA

A participant in Denver's Rally for the Refugee Caravan holds a sign highlighting one of the many reasons the US is responsible for migrants leaving their home for the US border. Seeking asylum is a basic human right. Until the US removes itself from the business of destroying other countries for political and economic gain it must bear the consequences of its actions.

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Nov 21 2018 - Denver Colorado USA

Fighting for human dignity tonight and a repeal of Denver's inhumane urban camping ban.

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Oct 08 2018 - Catania Italy

I feel my time is growing shorter here in Catania. The strangeness of leaving is that my eyes open wider. I start to see things because I realize these things will soon disappear from my life. Leaving certainly gives a perspective unlike like any other.

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Oct 06 2018 - Catania Italy

Cliffside fishing.

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Sept 23 2018 - Venice Italy

B&W felt so right in Venice. Next stop World Press Photo exhibit.

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Sept 22 2018 - Venice Italy

 

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Sept 06 2018 - Sicily Italy

Filming this week for NBC's hit show The Voyager with Josh Garcia. Fun activities included boats, markets, puppet shows and my favorite: climbing Europe's largest active volcano Mt. Etna. I can still smell the sulfur.

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Aug 31 2018 - Catania Italy

Long layover.

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Aug 08 2018 - Catania Italy

La Sicilia.

Jul 29 2018 - Biella Italy

 

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Jul 22 2018 - Italy

Finding simple B&W moments in nature this week.

Jul 16 2018 - Catania Italy

Brother's Weekly - I've begun corresponding with my brother Glen only through our art. He sends music he's created and I reply with a video using his soundtrack. 

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Jun 24 2018 - Aci Trezza Italy

"U pisci a mari", the eternal fight between man and fish, performed during the annual festival procession of Saint John the Baptist.

Jun 06 2018 - Nice France

Crashed a Nice honeymoon and brought a drone.

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Apr 24 2018 - Catania Italy

After being stuck for days, a small boat overfull with migrants is picked up in the Mediterranean by a German Navy ship. The ship docks in Catania for disembarkation and police search through what little belongings each migrant holds: a small Quran, a family photo, some with tightly rolled currency and other with what appears to be medicine. They're escorted to buses bound for detention centers far from the city to await their fate. Italian authorities have determined with every disembarkation a crime has been committed and one of these passengers will be singled out (usually male with the strongest smell of petrol) and be charged with trafficking. 

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Apr 15 2018 - Catania Italy

A young girl dances to Senegalese drumming during the first public commemoration of Senegal's Independence Day on Catania.

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Apr 14 2018 - Catania Italy

Crowded fish market in the historic downtown of Catania.

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Apr 02 2018 - Aci Trezza Italy

Passing by on boat.

Mar 10 2018 - Denver Colorado USA

BP -  Presidente do Conselho Nacional do SESI, João Henrique de Almeida Sousa, visita o Colorado para renovar sua parceria com US-Brazil Connect. US-Brazil Connect cria programas de aprendizado e entendimento cultural entre os EUA e o Brasil.

EN - The president of the National Council of SESI, João Henrique de Almeida Sousa, visits Colorado to renew his partnership with US-Brazil Connect. US-Brazil Connect creates programs for learning and cultural understanding between the USA and Brazil.

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Mar 07 2018 - Denver Colorado USA

Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's books and write your own.
- Albert Einstein-

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Jan 16 2018 - Denver Colorado USA

Stop being so afraid. Even the most dreadful thing can bring unexpected results. My life condensed into a couple suitcases. As dreadful as it sounds now as my mind paints these painful pictures, surprising results could emerge. Less to weigh you down, less to distract from creating.

We spend so much of our lives collecting. I created videos to collect more things but it had an inverse effect on my work. I then created less. More to distract you with, more to tend to and more to worry about. It's taken me 33 years to figure out more things aren't the answer. More creation is. This comes by having less. By having just enough. Create moments, art, love, all the intangible things that can't be bought for any sum of money.

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Jan 12 2018 - Navajo and Apache Land Arizona USA

More Spectacular Than Ever has been released and will be used by the National Park Service to exhibit in Petrified Forest National Park. 

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Dec 11 2017 - Bangkok Thailand

Yala Bangkok.

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Dec 08 2017 - Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok by river boat.

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Dec 06 2017 - Tokyo Japan

Finding myself in Harajuku.

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Dec 04 2017 - Tokyo Japan

Selfie in Senso-Ji temple Asakusa.

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Sept 21 2017 - Rome Italy

Roma Termini railway station.

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Sept 18 2017 - Vatican City Italy

Admiring Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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Sept 14 2017 - Pisa Italy

I sleep so much better when it's raining. The best night of sleep I had here was during a big storm that flooded the nearby town. The rain was falling so hard and the thunder shook our walls all through the night.

There's something about the sound of water drops falling that cannot be explained. It clears my mind, it makes the bees inside my mind calm down for a moment. With it comes a clarity so great that I want to jump up and do something with such energy and charisma. There is also a smell and a feeling that comes with the rain. Every drop emits a wave of emotion that I can get trapped in. It's like for a brief moment I am now inside the chaotic mind of the world and not just my own. For a moment I am free of my own thoughts and become part of something greater.

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Aug 28 2017 - Napoli Italy

A typical day in Napoli.

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Aug 19 2017 - Modica Italy

Always beautiful sunsets in the south of Italy.

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Aug 17 2017 - Syracuse Italy

The Ear of Dionysius.

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Aug 07 2017 - Noto Italy

Diving into the sea.

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Aug 14 2017 - Syracuse Italy

A graveyard of discarded boats once filled with refugees crossing the Mediterranean to the southern tip of Italy.

There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.
- Walter Benjamin-

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Aug 12 2017 - Calabria Italy

Feeling the wind on the sea.

Jul 28 2017 - West Bank Palestine

Notes From The Camp - While editing continues I thought I'd share with you the day Hisham and I visited Jerusalem. It was a special day for us because it's not often a Palestinian refugee gets permission to visit the capital of their country and the holy site Al Aqsa Mosque. 

Despite Jerusalem being only 15 minutes away, it's an intimidating journey which includes crossing the notorious Checkpoint 300 and being searched by soldiers who raid Hisham’s camp almost every night. When we reach the Old City there’s a constant fear of being stopped, detained or shot. Hisham's permission required him to return before 7pm so he had just enough time to pray, share his thoughts and buy chocolates for his sister.

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Jun 28 2017 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

I came to see Ahmad only to find he's left somewhere with his friends. This is what fate has given me for my final day in the camp. I'll return home pack my bags and prepare for the months ahead in the States. I fear the editing process will be more difficult than the filming. It usually is. The heat today consumes everyone's patience. Iman told me two men killed each other last night over a disagreement. All the taxi drivers are on edge. Twice I had to fight getting over charged. Everyone wants a way out of here today.

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, I survived.
- Craig Scott -

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Jun 27 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

This is what leaving is like. Tomorrow will be my final day in the camp. I thought this would be an exciting moment but it's not. I've also been sick again for weeks. The conditions here are incredibly hard on the immune system. I've hardly seen Ahmad. He knows I'm leaving and I suspect knowing this builds distance between us.

Perhaps it's only the natural order of things. Eventually the story ends and all that resides is an obscure friendship, a memory of how two people found each other despite language, culture and circumstance.

All the work to get here to this day tomorrow that I am excited yet afraid to meet. The mistakes I've made throughout all this my struggle finding closure for his story, it all doesn't matter now because I can't go back. What must be accepted in this moment is the end of our story because in life there is an ending in all things.

The last two years have given me just as much as it's taken away. I've never quite figured out how to finish a project while I'm still ahead. To do so and in such a place might make me feel guilty. There must be an equal balance of give and take and when there is doubt give more than take.

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Jun 03 2017 - Istanbul Turkey

 

May 30 2017 - Dheisheh Refugee Camp West Bank Palestine

Notes From The Camp - What is life like in other places? Hisham shows us one of several walls inside his camp acknowledging fellow refugees killed by Israeli Occupation Forces.

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May 27 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

Ramadan on Hamra street.

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May 20 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

When you're walking by and notice the sunlight hitting her pink nails so perfectly. Snap.

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May 16 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

Portrait of a tough guy carrying wires outside the camp.

May 15 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

You're invited to attend a workshop in Shatila refugee camp May 18-21: The Art Of Sharing Stories With The Masses.  My goal is to empower refugees in Shatila and surrounding camps to come together create, edit and publish their own stories using the tools they already have. 

You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.
- C. JoyBell C. -

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Mar 31 2017 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

Coffee with friends.

Mar 20 2017 - Abu Dhabi UAE

Notes From The Camp - It's a bittersweet feeling reviewing the latest footage today. Only a few months left before filming ends and still the question remains: how does a story like this end?

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Mar 10 2017 - Abu Dhabi UAE

Portrait of Faisal, third generation Palestinian refugee from Gaza refugee camp Jordan. Now living and working in Abu Dhabi chasing his dreams.

Feb 25 2017 - Westbank Palestine

Dheisheh refugee camp timelapse.

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Feb 21 2017 - Occupied Palestine

Now entering the Westbank.

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Feb 11 2017 - Westbank Palestine

Hisham, a third generation Palestinian refugee passes by his 97 year old grandfather, a first generation Palestinian refugee on his way to the gym in Dheisheh refugee camp.

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Feb 09 2017 - Occupied Palestine

Hisham looks at the now empty land where his family's home passed down through generations once existed. He is the first of his family to see this land in almost 70 years and can only stay a few hours before returning to the camp.

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Feb 09 2017 - Separation Wall Westbank Palestine

Hello Checkpoint 300.

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Feb 07 2017 - Westbank Palestine

Welcome to Dheisheh refugee camp.

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Jan 24 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

Ahmad takes a break after a long night of work in his salon.

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Jan 24 2017 - Beirut Lebanon

Ahmad's friends read the UNDP Lebanon article written about him and his new salon.

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Jan 12 2017 - Tripoli Lebanon

Naher el Bared refugee camp.

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Dec 17 2016 - Geneva Switzerland

Swiss memories.

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Dec 15 2016 - Geneva Switzerland

A single candle burns with two handwritten notes underneath: "I'm sorry", "For Aleppo" Thursday morning under the Broken Chair in front of United Nations headquarters.

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Dec 11 2016 - Milan Italy

Milano Centrale railway station built in 1906, its original design by Ulisse Stacchini was modeled after Union Station in Washington DC.

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Dec 09 2016 - Teatro Toselli Cuneo Italy

Coro Moro (Black Choir) consists of several refugees who emigrated from African countries to Valli Di Lanzo and now perform traditional folk music in the Piemontese dialect.

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Dec 04 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Young photographer in Said Gawash refugee camp.

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Dec 02 2016 - Bekaa Lebanon

Al Jaleel Palestinian refugee camp.

The most important day is the day you decide you're good enough for you. It's the day you set yourself free.
- Brittany Josephina-

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Nov 13 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

True love finds a way. Amjad and Noora celebrate their wedding outside Shatila refugee camp.

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Nov 13 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

BBQ with family in Shatila camp.

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Nov 09 2016 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

My favorite picture of Leena.

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Oct 30 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Happy Holloween.

Oct 17 2016 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

Notes From The Camp - It's been a busy week. Ahmad successfully opened his salon outside of the camp. Will he be able to stay? Will he be with the woman he loves? Keep following along and we'll find out together. Next week I'm off to Jordan with Color the Camps. There I'll reconnect with everyone in Gaza camp and distribute art supplies to refugee kids. Then it's back to Beirut to continue filming Ahmad's progress.

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Oct 14 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Messing around after work in front of Abu Fadi's shop.

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Oct 11 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

A Lebanese professor told me the other day Shatila refugee camp was Beirut's Bronx of New York. He’d never been to Shatila or the Bronx but he described it as "a place where delinquents live because they cannot fit into normal society".  In response I found this poem by Kiran Rajagopalan:

People should be scared of the Bronx not because it's "The Bronx." They should be scared of its scars For once they are seen they cannot be unseen. They should fear the freeway. They should fear the opened fire hydrants. They should fear the blaring music. They should fear the streetside shrines. They should fear the writing on the walls. For in a city that never stops they tell tales of the unsung and undead.

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Oct 10 2016 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

Notes From The Camp - Here's a quick update for all of you following along on this journey. I'm currently in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon filming Ahmad as he attempts to drastically change his life.

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Oct 07 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Badr taking a short break from work.

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Oct 07 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Children playing in steets of Tarik El Jdideh.

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Oct 07 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Badr playing football in Tarik El Jdideh.

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Oct 06 2016 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

Portrait of Ahmad while walking through Shatila today. Another year of filming continues for my indie doc This Is The Camp.

Sep 08 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

This Is The Camp Pre Trailer #2 - Here it is, another peek into what I've been putting my heart and soul into for the last two years living in refugee camps across the Middle East. It's now time to pack bags and return for another year in the lives of these three young men. 

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Jul 31 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Peru Day football match.

June 28 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Had the pleasure of working with Water for People CEO Eleanor Allen to film, edit and animate a series of videos highlighting their work around the world.

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Jun 13 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Denver before the rain.

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Jun 10 2016 - Sie Film Center Denver Colorado USA

Thanks for Open Screen Night Denver voting This Is The Camp pre trailer as one of the best videos of the night!

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May 19 2016 - Apache and Navajo Land Arizona USA

Filming this week for the National Park Service for what will become a film about the Petrified Forest National Park. Never imagined this place would have such stunning landscape.

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May 15 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Movie poster for upcoming documentary This Is The Camp. Many thanks to Korak Design for putting this together.

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April 14 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Today is a big day: first time I've ever printed my photos. It feels incredible holding my own images in my hands. These are bound for two interactive exhibits I'm creating. The first is Conflict Speaks at the refugee friendly Spring Cafe in downtown Denver for the Month of April. Another exhibition several blocks away will exhibit images from the three refugee camps I've been documenting in the Middle East at the Queen City Cooperative. Along with a description, every image card has a QR code that can be scanned to hear the refugee's voice or learn more about the situation in the camp.

Mar 17 2016 - Shatila Refugee Camp Beirut Lebanon

Notes From The Camp: Sharing a moment that happens quite often in the camp: being invited to share a meal with refugees.

You don't need another human being to make your life complete, but let's be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn't see them as disasters in you soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.
- Emery Allen -

Mar 30 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

It's been a little over a month since returning from the Middle East. There's still more filming to do but anxiously wanted to edit and show you This Is The Camp Pre Trailer #1. This will become an independent feature length documentary following the lives of three young men who by fate and circumstance were born into a place where they have no rights as human beings. They come from three vastly different camps in Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank while all sharing the same burden of being third generation Palestinian refugees. 

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Mar 13 2016 - Denver Colorado USA

Been doing a lot of presentations lately so created this infographic highlighting the population of Palestinian refugees living in camps across the Middle East using available data from UNHCR.

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Feb 26 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Goat herder passing by at dusk means it's time to go home.

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Feb 26 2016 - Jerash Jordan

A quiet goodbye to Mahmud and Faisal. All three of us behind smiles, laughter, and shisha wonder what happens next in the stories of our own lives. 

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Feb 18 2016 - Westbank Palestine

Walking home lost tonight I use the Separation Wall as my guide. It's a frightening walk because I hear Israeli soldiers talking and laughing on the other side. If you continue with the wall on your right you'll eventually reach Aida refugee camp. On the way you might encounter a series of stories written by women and youth known as the "Wall Museum". Here is my favorite story called The Pigeon written by Jennifer, Jumana, Rasha and Nisreen, 16 years: 

There was a little boy who was holding his toy, a pigeon. While he was playing he had a dream. He dreamed about another world where he could talk about his toys and hobbies, his interests and his dreams, instead of talking about guns, blood and killing. A world where he could run and play with his friends. In that world was no war, no tanks, no rockets, and no shelling and bombing. A world full of peace. A bullet, an evil bullet came like a thief and entered his heart. It took his soul and his dream away. His pigeon was beside him, right there next to his motionless body. But the pigeon remembered the boy's dream, and came to life and flew away. It decided to tell his dream to the world. And it decided to make this dream come true. 

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Feb 15 2016 - Jericho Palestine

Fun day filming Hisham film actors dressed in traditional Palestinian garb as part of a media project.

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Feb 12 2016 - Westbank Palestine

Taking cover from Israeli fire in Aida refugee camp.

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Feb 07 2016 - Aida Refugee Camp Westbank Palestine

“They left but we stayed and the land is still for us” Abdel-Rahman Obeidallah, 13 years old was shot and killed October 15, 2015 after a .22 caliber rifle bullet fired from an Israeli Defense Force sniper entered his chest in Aida Palestinian refugee camp. This is a mural of Abdel-Rahman Obeidallah in Aida Palestinian refugee camp.

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Feb 01 2016 - Jordan

Finding my way into Palestine today.

On the DeathbedGo, rest your head on a pillow, leave me alone;
leave me ruined, exhausted from the journey of this night,
writhing in a wave of passion till the dawn.
Either stay and be forgiving,
or, if you like, be cruel and leave.
Flee from me, away from trouble;
take the path of safety, far from this danger.
We have crept into this corner of grief,
turning the water wheel with a flow of tears.
While a tyrant with a heart of flint slays,
and no one says, "Prepare to pay the blood money."
Faith in the king comes easily in lovely times,
but be faithful now and endure, pale lover.
No cure exists for this pain but to die,
So why should I say, "Cure this pain"?
In a dream last night I saw
an ancient one in the garden of love,
beckoning with his hand, saying, "Come here."
On this path, Love is the emerald,
the beautiful green that wards off dragonsnough, I am losing myself.
If you are a man of learning,
read something classic,
a history of the human struggle
and don't settle for mediocre verse.

Jan 28 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Kulliyat-i-Shams 2039, Rumi.

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Jan 23 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Welding metal beams to prevent roofs from collapsing due to the heavy rain in Gaza refugee camp.

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Jan 20 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Portrait of Muhammad in Gaza camp.

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Jan 20 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Filming Faisal in cold Gaza camp.

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Jan 19 2016 - Jerash Jordan

Portrait of Fasial in his room.

Who says it matters? Who let it into your life and told you this thing mattered? You did. And just as you brought this into your consciousness you can send it back, so far back it'll never be seen again.

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Jan 18 2016 - Gaza Refugee Camp Jerash Jordan

Carrying all my belongings to Faisal's home to spend the next couple weeks documenting his life. I've come to learn when you do something you really care about nothing else matters. The recognition, the adversity, the money or lack of, you're just trying to do something with all your effort into that. Nothing else matters. It's an interesting place to be in.

Unfortunately I've never been able to stay in this place for very long. Paid work to make ends meet, obligations to friends and family all catch up eventually. I continue to have faith though that if I keep doing what I'm passionate about then maybe everyone will get it eventually and then maybe everything will eventually be okay. The people that don't believe in me and the people who are trying to destroy my work (especially with Palestinians) are not worth fighting with because even that takes me away from what I'm doing. And I finally love what I'm doing. Just want to keep moving along. Keep creating and making images happen.

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Jan 14 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

A. Hamadi, one of the few that survived the Shatila Massacre shows me patched holes in the ceiling of his house once made by mortar rounds in Shatila refugee camp.

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Jan 14 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Refugees from two different countries and now best friends. Both too shy to talk but still curious why an American is always in this shop in Shatila refugee camp.

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Jan 11 2016 - Beirut Lebanon

Shatila refugee camp at night.

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Dec 22 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

Main avenue of Shatila refugee camp at night.

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Dec 20 2015 - Jezzine Lebanon

Thank you Ruba for pulling me out of the darkness and into the south of Lebanon with Ismail. Beautiful views and a private table because she convinced the restaurant I was a famous movie director. 

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Dec 03 2015 - Gaza Refugee Camp Jerash Jordan

Attacked by dangerous Palestinians today.

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Dec 03 2015 - Gaza Refugee Camp Jerash Jordan

Cleaning a lens with the help of some new friends.

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Nov 27 2015 - Amman Jordan

Youth begin their weekly protest in Al Baqa'a refugee camp to end the occupation of Palestine and honor those killed in the struggle.

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Nov 26 2015 - Amman Jordan

Built in 1968 to house Palestinians who fled the Gaza Strip and West Bank, Al Baqa'a is home to over 100,000 UN registered refugees and is Jordan's largest refugee camp. It's also where I'm spending Thanksgiving this year.

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Nov 22 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

“He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy. He simply woke, looked out the open door at the moon and unrolled his trousers and put them on.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.

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Nov 14 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

I've begun documenting the hidden stories of refugees trapped in Beirut. Often undocumented and without any basic rights. I'm calling the series Conflict Speaks.

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Nov 11 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

Hello Beirut.

Nov 28 2015 - Cairo Egypt

I am learning how to trust a man by looking into his eyes. I understand his voice even when I don't understand his language. I've put my life in his hands. Embraced my fate and the universe and it has embraced me back.

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Nov 22 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

Indecision with Elisa.

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Nov 18 2015 - Beirut Lebanon

Olives in Sabra market, entryway to Shatila refugee camp.

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Nov 10 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Thanks Edge of Humanity Magazine for publishing a recent street photo series: Palestine Israel B+W.

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Nov 11 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Playing dominos with Walid and drinking ice cold karkadeh until the early morning. Also that time he lost and told a random kid to bite me.

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Nov 06 2015 - Giza Egypt

Portait of a young artist holding a crayon.

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Nov 06 2015 - Giza Egypt

 

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Nov 06 2015 - Giza Egypt

Can I remove all the unnecessary? I want to remove everything between my image and the story it is supposed to tell. To simplify not only my work but my life to the barest details so those details become immediately seen. Can you forget everything else? Perhaps that's what could bring me the happiness I need right now. The relief I need right now. Taken out all the extra and keep only what is needed. 

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Nov 05 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Rain begins to fall while driving.

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Nov 02 2015 - Imbâba Egypt

Fruit vendor taking a break.

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Nov 01 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Talaat Harb Square at night.

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Oct 31 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Curious neighbors.

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Oct 31 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Eating on the go.

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Oct 31 2015 - Shubra al Khaymah Egypt

Incense burner walking the streets.

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Oct 30 2015 - Cairo Egypt

Welcome to Cairo.

Oct 28 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

There are too many questions I don't think I can answer. Tonight your eyes are the ocean and my heart is drifting on the lines of your body. Do we really know what love is?  When I look at you do I see love? Yes, but what is love? Love was all along. Love wasn't a discovery or a hidden treasure I found in you, it was just there and felt the moment our eyes met.  Why do we hide what is true? Why do we guard and protect a simple word that covers us like the air we breath? I love you it's simple. I want to tell you but I don't. I love you like I love many things. You are one of those many things.

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Oct 20 2015 - Littleton Colorado USA

My favorite image of Rich. The man who taught me so much about filmmaking and life.

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Oct 08 2015 - Estes Park Colorado USA

Film. Sleep. Repeat.

Sept 29 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

A Journey Through Their Eyes - Premired at the Posner Center to a large crowd of supporters for the Youth Ambassador program offered by local non-profit Meet The Middle East. The Youth Ambassador program takes American high school students to Israel and Palestine for ten days after completing a six month educational program that includes religions of the region, methods of conflict resolution and a service learning project. This film documents their journey and will be featured on their homepage to engage those interested in the program.

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Sept 28 2015 - Aspen Colorado USA

Hello again Aspen Film Festival.

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Sept 24 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

In search of symmetry today.

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Sept 20 2015 - Boulder Colorado USA

Nighttime pines.

To uncover the secrets of our souls, we must journey into the unknown, deep into the darkness of our selves and further into an outer world of many dangers and uncertainties.
- Bill Plotkin-

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Sept 07 2015 - Nederland Colorado USA

First time camping obligatory pics.

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Sep 06 2015 - Boulder Colorado USA

I look up and see life in these old limbs.

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Aug 09 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

My favorite image today documenting the historic Black Lives Matter 5280 march.

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Aug 02 2015 - Lima Peru

I'm not here to tell you what you already know. We are blind to the paths that lead us here just like the prisons we build within our heart that keep us from exploring. I never sought justice or truth from a path, never gazed at it long enough to see its curves and direction. It was a path and a path was all I asked.

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Jul 18 2015 - Juliaca Peru

When it all goes, when it all escapes, what do we have left? Is there a soul? Is there a right, a wrong, a limbo of sorts for those whose lives haven't met societies expectations? I feel the frost in my fingertips but clench harder into the back of the truck. My other hand holding a camera close to my heart. It's the only thing I have for now as the morning sun fills the faces and dark undertones of the village.

Whether you know it or not, we leave parts of ourselves wherever we go.
- Simon Van Booy -

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Jul 16 2015 - Lima Peru

First day off in a month and what do I do? Look at creepy bones in the basement of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

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Jul 15 2015 - Hualhuas Peru.

My first thought was cute, my second thought was those customs forms they hand you in the plane asking if you've been around livestock.

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Jul 11 2015 - Huánuco Peru

Another addition to the Peru Streets collection. Pickaxe in her arms, coca leaves in mouth, an expression that shot through my heart. Click went the shutter. 

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Jul 10 2015 - Lima Peru

Stuck for hours in rush hour traffic with a 85mm. What to do?

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Jul 09 2015 - Cusco Peru

Obligatory Machu Picchu pic.

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Jul 03 2015 - Juliaca Peru

12,549 ft above the sea.

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Jul 02 2015 - Arequipa Peru

Making new friends.

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Jul 01 2015 - Arequipa Peru

Protest in Arequipa main square.

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Jun 24 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Enjoying June in Denver for the first time in 7 years.

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Jun 23 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Activists destory a Confederate flag in front of the State Capitol as the Nation engages in a struggle to remove monuments commemorating its racist past.

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Jun 16 2015 - Palestine

Filming/photographing a group of high school students in Palestine for an upcoming project: A Journey Through Their Eyes. I've been documenting these students off an on in Denver for the past year as they learn about conflict resolution, religion and geography of the region thanks to a local non profit, now they get to visit and experience it for themselves.

Jun 15 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Premiered at Green Spaces, The Value of Walking Together captures Walk2Connect's mission to create whole health outcomes through innovative walking programs focused on connection to others, to place and self. The film will be used to launch their Kickstarter campaign and later more broadly for fundraising and as a welcome video for their homepage. 

Jun 05 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

 A film about The Action Center a local resource to help our community. I took care of filming and audio while good friend and teacher Dick Alweis directed, produced and edited. Filmed was screened at their yearly fundraising event. 

Jun 06 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Editing the Value of Walking Together.

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Jun 05 2015 - Denver Colorado

Nine Mile.

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May 15 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Downtown before a storm.

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May 05 2015 - Colorado USA

Walking and connecting for the next couple weeks. After months of preparation I'm now filming for Walk2Connect, a local organization building a more human and connected world through organized community walks. The film will premiere in June and be used to drive contributions to what I expect to be a very successful Kickstarter campaign. 

May 03 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

EN - Courage To Learn New Things - My third year making films for US-Brazil Connect NGO and Brazilian Partner SESI/SENAI. Their summer program brings American college students to Brazil to teach high school students english. Instead of focusing on an American perspective (first year) or filming short pieces in all program 10+ locations (second year), I opted to stay in one place for the entire month and focus on the journey from the perspective of a single Brazilian student: Silmara as she makes her way through the program overcoming her fears, learning english and building life long friendships.

PT - Courage To Learn New Things - Meu terceiro ano fazendo filmes para a US-Brazil Connect e o parceiro brasileiro SESI / SENAI. O programa de verão leva estudantes universitários americanos ao Brasil para ensinar inglês aos alunos do ensino médio. Em vez de focar na perspectiva americana (primeiro ano) ou filmar peças curtas em todos os programas com mais de 10 locais (segundo ano), optei por ficar em um lugar durante o mês inteiro e focar na jornada da perspectiva de um único estudante brasileiro : Silmara enquanto segue seu programa superando seus medos, aprendendo inglês e construindo amizades duradouras.

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May 02 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Passed while riding my bike and appreciated how she held the cigarette in her mouth.

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Apr 25 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Elevator self-portrait.

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Apr 19 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Missing Maceió while editing US-Brazil Connect footage.

Mar 06 2015 - Golden Colorado USA

EN - A group of Brazilian students came to Colorado to explore both educational and career opportunities with the support of Colorado School of Mines, The Brazil Institute, US-Brazil Connect and the Alcoa Foundation. 

BP - Um grupo de estudantes brasileiros veio ao Colorado para explorar oportunidades educacionais e de carreira com o apoio da Escola de Minas do Colorado, Instituto Brasil, US-Brazil Connect e Fundação Alcoa. 

Feb 08 2015 - Denver Colorado USA

Happy Lisa and Mark brought me onboard to help with cinematography for their feature doc bringing to light the complex issues of eating disorders such as anorexia. Here's highlights of today's reenactments that will accompany interviews from survivors and medical professionals.

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Jan 30 2015 - Michigan USA

Had a blast photographing/filming students from northern Brazil get the full American experience and winter. Courtesy of Jackson Community College.

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Jan 17 2015 - Detroit Michigan

Detroit against the world.

Jan 15 2015 - Jackson Michigan USA

Silmara experiences snow falling for the first time.

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Dec 24 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

Denver Animal Shelter

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Nov 27 2014 - Santurce Puerto Rico

I was lost that day. Ducking into a dark underpass below a crowded highway, my eyes adjusted from a bucket of white paint up to eclectic characters looming to fill the height of the tunnel. Sounds of muffled traffic rumbled above as I watched these figures quietly come to life below.

Lines, hundreds of them unique in form all held in harmony with a single vision. This is Santurce, Puerto Rico during the height of an artistic revolution where a new generation was finding its voice and expressing it in ways never seen before. Underpasses like these were ever-changing with new images and stories to tell.

These characters, like art, reflect a constantly evolving amalgamation of ideas, one creative vision told through hundreds of seemingly unrelated pieces. Art is not in a can of paint but rather a series of meticulously placed brush strokes that, when combined, can create giants.

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Nov 25 2014 - San Juan Puerto Rico

Spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico helping a friend find home while working on a new project.

Nov 12 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

Received a special invitation and brought along a camera to see local artist Molina Speaks host a día de los muertos themed poetry burning party in the basement of Gypsy Cafe.

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Oct 23 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

In the streets demanding justice for Ryan Ronquillo's death.

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Oct 22 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

Fighting to end police brutality in front of the Colorado State Capitol Building.

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Oct 15 2014 - Englewood Colorado USA

Angus and Julia Stone at the Gothic.

You are what you do, there is no denying it. I am a filmmaker. I live and breath everyday to tell stories, to move people in ways unheard of. I believe stories can change lives and this work doesn't just stop on weekends, it doesn't do a nine-to-five, it is something that lives and breaths within us everyday.

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Oct 13 2014 - Colorado Springs Colorado USA

Garden of the Gods at night.

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Oct 11 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

Riding through falling leaves tonight makes me smile.

Sept 14 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

We Don’t Waste is an innovative provider of food for the hungry. They collect unused food from venues, caterers, restaurants and distribute the food to Denver’s underserved populations providing wholesome, nutritional and varied “restaurant-grade” meals, along with personal hygiene items.

Aug 08 2014 - Belo Horizonte Brazil

EN - The Meaning of Joy (click CC button in video for subtitles) - Ação Mineira para a Educação (AME) is a Brazilian NGO established in 2002 with the mission to educate and promote a better quality of life for socially vulnerable groups. Their current project “All for All – education beyond school” provides workshops in sports, culture, technology and health for all age groups. The Meaning of Joy showcases the intimate relationship of the program with those who have been impacted through it and is featured on the organization’s website.

BP - O Significado da Alegria - A Ação Mineira para a Educação (AME) é uma ONG brasileira criada em 2002 com a missão de educar e promover uma melhor qualidade de vida para grupos socialmente vulneráveis. Seu projeto atual “Todos para Todos - educação além da escola” oferece oficinas de esportes, cultura, tecnologia e saúde para todas as faixas etárias. O Significado da Alegria mostra o relacionamento íntimo do programa com aqueles que foram impactados por ele e é apresentado no site da organização.

Jun 28 2014 - Maceió Brazil

Another month filming in Brazil. Camera one is already dead, hopefully camera two is as weather resistant as Andre.

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Jun 24 2014 - Maceió Brazil

Quadrilha.

Jun 01 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

EN - American coaches prepare for their upcoming trip to Brazil where they will teach english and mentor Brazilian high school students in cities across the country. This film for local NGO US-Brazil Connect focuses on what it means to connect with other cultures and students.

BP - Os treinadores americanos se preparam para a sua próxima viagem ao Brasil, onde ensinarão inglês e orientarão estudantes brasileiros do ensino médio em cidades do país. Este filme para a ONG local US-Brazil Connect foca no que significa se conectar com outras culturas e estudantes.

Find your fascination, find what you are drawn to, what emotionally grabs you. Listen to an idea and you will hear a small heart beat that will begin as a whisper. Keep listening until it can no longer be ignored. 

 Story allows something very unique when shared. We feel a connection. We see similarieties we see commonality and for a moment we share something with someone we really know nothing about.

May 17 2014 - Boulder Colorado USA

Another lecture today! This time for a documentary class at University of Colorado Boulder. I'll be sharing some of the work I've done along with a few lessons learned along the way.

March 27 2014 - Mexico

Mexico came and went in a flash.

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Mar 26 2014 - Quintana Roo Mexico

Exploring the Yucatán Peninsula.

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My name is Alejandro Gomez-Meade and I’m a filmmaker.

It feels really weird to saying this you because I was never meant to be a filmmaker. Weird because just 3 years ago I was sitting in a seat just like yours one floor below in the economics department.

How did I get here?

I remember looking at this map.  Really, it's all I had to begin this journey, a map and a feeling. I often looked at it on my laptop during those miserable lectures required for an international business degree. I felt something looking at this map and I knew feeling something was always a good start.


Feb 14 2014 - Denver Colorado USA

Gave a lecture today at my alma mater University of Denver titled: The Power of Personal Story. Included was my own personal story to becoming a filmmaker as well as history and mechanics of powerful storytelling. Whew, never realized how much work goes into giving a lecture.

Dec 01 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Helping a local artist kickstart Denver's first non-profit record label: Rainless Records.

Nov 12 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

EN - My Dream (click CC button in video for subtitles) - US-Brazil Connect and the Brazilian Confederation of Industry have partnered to bring college students and young professionals from the United States together with high school students throughout Brazil. The program offers multicultural learning, leadership, and friendships that will last a lifetime. My Dream captures the experiences Brazilian students had throughout the program with their American Fellows. The film was created over the course of one month in 8 cities across Brazil and premiered at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for Denver mayor Michael Hancock on Brazil Day. 

BP - My Dream (clique no botão CC no vídeo para legendas) - A US-Brazil Connect e a Confederação Brasileira da Indústria fizeram parceria para reunir estudantes universitários e jovens profissionais dos Estados Unidos, juntamente com estudantes do ensino médio em todo o Brasil. O programa oferece aprendizado multicultural, liderança e amizades que durarão a vida inteira. My Dream captura as experiências que os estudantes brasileiros tiveram ao longo do programa com seus bolsistas americanos. O filme foi criado ao longo de um mês em 8 cidades do Brasil e estreou no Museu de Natureza e Ciência de Denver pelo prefeito de Denver, Michael Hancock, no Dia do Brasil.

Nov 12 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

EN - President of the National Confederation of Industry Brazil Robson Andrade visits Colorado.

BP - Presidente do Confederação Nacional da Indústria Brasil Robson Andrade visita o Colorado.

Sept 07 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Matt and Kelly wanted a doc (not wedding) filmmaker to capture their unique block party wedding. I was told no staging, no prep, no indications of my presence, only filming the moments as they unfold. It was a difficult task but it allowed me to throw away the perfection most wedding videographers go for and focus more on the authenticity that drives all my work .  For Matt and Kelly it also had the benefit of allowing them to be present on their special day and enjoy it without interruption.

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Aug 15 2013 - Joinville Brazil

Getting a little cold here in city 6 of 8 during a month long tour across Brazil capturing magical moments between American and Brazilian students for NGO US-Brazil Connect.

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Aug 08 2013 - Belo Horizonte Brazil

The greatest achievement is to live your life for someone else. It could be a dog, a child or the people watching your films. Give them something. Feel their happiness and pain. A selfless life is one to have. 

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Aug 02 2013 - Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Taken last night inside one of the longest traffic tunnels in Brazil. What you see is children running free inside during rush hour when it should be filled with cars. Why is it empty? On July 14 2013 a 43 year old bricklayer named Amarildo was profiled and taken from Rochinha favela to a police station for "questioning" and then never seen again. Last night hundreds of other people came together as a community and hit the streets united and unafraid to ask "Where is Amarildo?".

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Aug 01 2013 - Arpoador Brazil

Dividing Copacabana from Ipanema.

Jun 14 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Invited to a friend's concert, naturally I brought along my camera. Here's Shelter Undone by Indigenous Robot.

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May 15 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Happy to see my work Nakba by Remi Kanazi featured on The Electronic Intifada.

Know yourself and you will win all battles.
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Apr 09 2013 - Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Sometimes we get nothing but our hearts and that's what we have to follow. Sometimes it all falls down and we're stuck but listen to your heart follow it take comfort in it and move forward. When there's nothing left for us to have this will be it.

Apr 14 2013 - Evergreen Colorado USA

Filmed a styled wedding shoot to be featured in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine and The Knot.

Mar 13 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Vamos para brasil! - After a successful first year bringing community college students to Brazil for an innovative study abroad program, US-Brazil Connect prepares fellows for the new summer ahead.

Mar 01 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Timelapse of Zaid.

Feb 14 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

A short glimpse into George’s life as a watch repairman.

Feb 13 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

A short glimpse into Robert’s life as a janitor.

Jan 08 2013 - Westminster Colorado USA

Welcome to Colorado’s first Brazilian bakery, crafting delicious pastries and cakes using recipes passed down through generations of the Santos family.

Jan 29 2013 - Denver Colorado USA

Zaid a reggae loving Saudi graffiti artist shares what drives his passion.

Dec 11 2012 - Denver Colorado USA

Delightful People - A little film I made for an assignment in Cinematography 101.

Oct 31 2012 - Denver Colorado USA

An experimental film I made about missing children with the talented Henry Johnson Jr.

Oct 24 2012 - Salvador Bahia Brazil

Connect - Following a group of American community college students who participate in an innovative study abroad program teaching Brazilian high school students english.  Community colleges make up roughly 45% of the higher education population in the US yet only 3% of these students ever get a chance to study abroad. US-Brazil Connect offers a free program for community college students that brings students to Brazil. The program is not your typical study abroad, it's a mutual exchange that encourages students to take on new challenges, overcome fears and build relationships that last a lifetime.

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Jul 14 2012 - Salvador Bahia Brazil

Last entry in Bahia production notebook: Now I return to normal. Now I'm no longer lost in a foreign culture and language. What I carry with me in these bags is hope. Hope that what I've learned and become in the past 40 days will make me better understand humanity. Hope that what I've learned will make me less afraid to look destiny in the eyes. This notebook like all others is a witness to this process yet I have no answers or wisdom for you. You have only to read the pages of today, not the chapters of the past. Life is for the living, feeling and becoming.

Jul 10 2012 - Rio de Janerio Brazil

BP - Um projeto sobre as vozes e experiências de artistas que vivem e trabalham na Cidade de Deus.
EN - A project about the voices and experiences of artists living and working in City of God.

June 28 2012 - Denver Colorado USA

Had fun making this for one of my favorite local coffee shops Kaladi Coffee Roasters.

June 15 2012 - Salvador Bahia Brazil

Was asked to put together some tips and offer a little encouragement to students who will need to create a how-to video for their final project in the program. 

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Jun 10 2012 - Salvador Bahia Brazil

In beautiful Bahia for the next month filming Connect, a film documenting an innovative new exchange program that pairs American community college students with high school students to learn English and bridge both countries.

May 05 2012 - Denver Colorado USA

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Denver.

Jan 15 2012 - Denver Colorado USA

One from a series of info videos for CMH Heli-Skiing.

Jul 12 2011 - Arpoador Brazil

Brazil. The craziness, the change. This country is at a tipping point. Prices are rising and the line dividing rich from poor widens. I too am at a defining moment of my life.

I wonder what will be next. What the consequences of my next moves will be. This is my very own tipping point. Will it happen now or will I hide away in these shadows a little longer? If I am afraid but must embrace the risk regardless of how dangerous.
There are people out there doing far better with less. I must prove myself.

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Jul 29 2010 - Rio de Janerio Brazil

Tallest favela in Rio, Dona Marta.

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Feb 01 2010 - Tokyo Japan

 

Dec 15 2009 - Hiroshima & Miyajima Japan

Photos of a school field trip.

There is no accounting for taste, so choose your own. Experiencing deliciousness made me a slave to taste.
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Oct 09 2009 - Tsukiji Tokyo Japan

An early morning tour of the largest fish market in the world.

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Oct 04 2009 - Mt Fuji Japan

We don't know who we are sometimes. We don't know what we do. I have a collection of memories. A collection of moments. I see people repeating their same stories and I wonder do I do too?

I have a collection of memories a collection of moments. I play them back and rewind them in my head. I watch them as the pass and go. Another time another moment. I have but a collection but I wonder if it is something I should hold. I should be proud I survived another day. Another day alive. Another day the rent is paid and there's food in my mouth. Maybe these are the only things that matter and the moments and memories should be left behind to replay in another time. Maybe what matters is what changed from these things not the thing itself.

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Oct 01 2009 - Tokyo Japan

Study abroad begins in my second home Tokyo.

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Jun 07 2009 - Denver Colorado USA

My solo adventure to Brazil begins.

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Feb 22 2006 - St Bernard Parish Louisiana

A small team and I have traveled to New Orleans to restore thousands of priceless photographs damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

I'm writing this on location in St Bernard inside what was once a government building, now in ruins. With the help of a few contractors and hp we have restored the internet connection in this building for the first time in 6 months. It’s hard to believe this very location was sitting under 14ft of water just a couple months ago.

Yesterday we began the photo restoration process and over 100 people from the community showed up. Some people waited in line over an hour and long past sundown for a chance to preserve some of their photos. The day was filled with tears, laughter and King's Cake. Many of the photos were unsalvageable but the ability to hear a story, give a hug and offer a little help was far more valuable in my opinion then the task we were set out to do.

After a long night we were able to upload 300+ photos for hp volunteers around the world to restore. It’s amazing to see how many people are taking action within hp to make a difference. I enjoyed telling people that there are 350 employees within hp that volunteered to restore their photos to the best possible condition. I cant wait for the photo reveal tomorrow.

Tomorrow we give back some of the memories that were tragically lost. Wedding pictures, baby pictures, pictures of sons and daughters all destroyed in this hurricane. The presence here is warm, I have never met so many kind people who would gladly take me into their home or share their story. I saw old ladies that reminded me of my grandmother. I saw my parents, trying to save pictures of their kid's first visit to Disney World. There is so much heart in this community and it’s difficult to imagine the circumstances they’ve had to live through these past months. Many still without homes and jobs.

I am at a loss of words when I venture into what used to be such a cultural and vibrant city. It’s difficult to realize this damage occurred several months ago. There is still so much around us destroyed and it feels and looks like Katrina could have happened yesterday. I see a sense of disappointment that lingers among my team. Why can’t we do more? We are so, so very far away from recovery? I am disappointed people actually believed New Orleans was ok and functioning. I am disappointed in myself for being among one of those people.

Too many parts of town are without electricity and running water. There is disease and what is now called Katrina Cough. People are forced to live in small trailers and share an outhouse. Some are forced to public parks and tents. I see parts of town where children would play and small business would profit but now see an abandoned ghost town.

I know there is a story and emotion to feel here. Too difficult to describe but still so very true and real. I'm glad we've taken on this endeavor and heard these stories. I will carry them with me and share them. This week we have given back irreplaceable memories.

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