Africa’s Saharan Desert winds blow across the Atlantic, carrying dust, ash and biological entities hitching an ocean-spanning ride. Since 1996, Edmund Blades has managed the University of Miami’s Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory and it’s 17-meter tall tower.

Situated on Ragged Point, Barbados’s easternmost tip, the tower’s equipment vacuums up air samples onto awaiting filters. Dr. Blades harvests the filters and tests them in the island’s main laboratory (that he formerly managed).

I pitched and later photographed Dr. Blades for Nature journal’s “Where I Work” section. Here’s a link to the article. This is the 3rd story photographed for Nature. Check out one on Barbados’s Sea Turtle Project and another on the West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station. And read and see my featured images below. Nature also published images on their Instagram fees here and here.


Such Great Barbadian (Saharan) Heights

Africa’s Saharan Desert winds blow across the Atlantic, carrying dust, ash and biological entities hitching an ocean-spanning ride. Since 1996, Edmund Blades has managed the University of Miami’s Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory and it’s 17-meter tall tower. Situated on Ragged … Continued


Nature’s Protector: Barbados’s Sea Turtle Project (P. 1)

Carla Daniels has led Barbados Sea Turtle Project for 15-years, protecting the island’s migratory and permanent sea turtle population. Seven-days a week, 24-hours a day, Carla (and an army of local and international volunteers) search the island for sea turtles. … Continued


Nature Publishes My Sweetest Images Ever

Jagged stalks of sugar cane cover Barbados’s coral rock landscape. As the island’s cash crop, Barbados produced 92,000 tons of sugar in 2021 despite being covered in volcanic ash from St. Vincent’s La Soufrière’s spring eruption. Another harvest will begin … Continued


Safe in Barbadian Surf

Barbadian life is full of contradictions. Generally it’s a safe island whose crime is concentrated in impoverished neighborhoods often saturated with drugs and gangs. Outside of those, as these photos affirm, crime – including theft – is minimal. At Brandon’s … Continued


Barbados Night Moves

Crashing waves and a Barbadian night make for beautifully calming photos in the world’s COVID storm COVID disrupted and dislodged our lives in so many ways. From where we call home to the way we shop to the way we … Continued


Live and Direct from Public Records

What seems like a lifetime ago, I shared photos from Public Records, a Brooklyn nightclub and cafe with an amazing hi-fi sound system. Situated in the gritty (and rapidly gentrifying) Gowanus neighborhood, Public Records books world-renowned musicians, DJs and artists … Continued


Electronic Hymns at Gowanus’s Public Records

Beats pulsed like a throbbing heartbeat thrashing a metallic hymn. Strobes entrapped dancing bodies in an electrified robotic stutter. And Public Records’ hi-fi quadraphonic Sound Room transported Brooklyn’s rapidly gentrifying Gowanus neighborhood into a world-class nightspot. Steps from the Gowanus … Continued


My Portrait of Brazil’s Top Physicist for Nature’s 10

Each year, Nature magazine publishes an annual list of 10 scientists making a difference in the world. 2019’s package opens with my double-page portrait of Ricardo Galvao. As Brazil’s top physicist and a national hero who challenged Brazil’s President Bolsonaro, … Continued