Saharan Dust Gets Tropical, Barbados-Style

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 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


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


Quirky Colombia: Mompox Part 3

For all its beautiful colonial charm, Mompox still has a quirky personality. And like most small towns, Mompox is too small to hide the eccentricities that reveal themselves while wandering its dusty streets. For me, there’s a lot of aimless … Continued


Portraits of Homelessness Overcome

A few weeks ago while shooting portraits for Homefirst, an organization in Plainsfield, NJ that works to keep families from becoming homeless and help homeless families find homes, I felt amazed and humbled at the kid’s perseverance. Homefirst transformed the … Continued


A Meal to Remember (Complements of the Sikh)

Hunger and inequality breed many societal problems. Each culture and religion confronts these issue in different ways, but Sikh altruism resolves to address these issues through a full belly (yours). At the Golden Temple (and other Sikh temples) a kitchen … Continued


Rishikesh Revealed

The Ganges River’s frothy turquoise rapids divide Rishikesh like a spiritual scalpel separating a sacred heart. Set in India’s Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh found fame through The Beatles 1968 visit to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of transcendental meditation. While … Continued


A Few More from Boston Beach

After taking photos of the kids in the previous post, I offered to E-mail them the images. E-mail? Not an option, so I’m sending prints addressed to their post office via good old fashioned snail mail. Below are a few … Continued


Jamaica’s Tastiest Jerk

Sizzling grills, full of jerk chicken and fish, blow tangy clouds of smoke as the waves of Boston Beach crash in the distance. Renowned for its spicy-sweet jerk sauce and rumbling surf break, Jamaica’s Boston Beach is a laid back … Continued