While working with NGO, Church World Service in Myanmar, I visited Koe Ein Tan West village for a cooking demonstration and nutrition education session. Here, I took part in the nutrition education session for mothers with children under the age of 5. These children are often malnourished due to a lack of a balanced diet. These sessions demonstrate how to prepare food and what vegetables to use to meet dietary needs. The mothers who attend these session are a part of a group that was formed with the help of CWS. CWS provided education on sustainable agriculture practices and seed so the women could begin to farm. They grow a number of vegetables throughout the year and they are now able to feed their families multiple times a day and meet nutrition standards. The village has 16 mothers and they are all a part of the mother's group. During every nutrition session they discuss their goals and plans to achieve these goals. At this meeting their key points were as follows:
1. Grow the number of healthy "under 5" children in the community.
Plan: feed balanced foods to the children, practice better personal hygiene and focus on pre and post natal care of the mothers.
Here the cooking demo shows meals for children 6mo - 1yr and children 1-2 y/o. For 6mo - 1yr dishes are prepared with egg, yellow bean and rice. For children 1-2 yrs dishes are prepared with fried egg, rice, various vegetable soups made of eggplant, tomato, potato, long bean and yellow bean.
MYANMAR | BY WATER
In partnership with NGO Church World Service (CWS), I have developed a relationship with the communities along the Irrawaddy River surrounding Maubin Township in Southern Myanmar. These villages are the beneficiaries of CWS led education projects on sustainable agricultural practices, nutrition, and sanitation. While photographing these sessions, I met various families all of whom had been affected by the forced migration cycle that comes from living along the river. Evacuations occur yearly during rainy season when mass flooding and erosion sweep across the country. In 2015, the largest number of evacuees at 505,761 came from the south in the Ayeyarwady Region, home to Maubin. By 2016, 1.7 million people had been displaced across all of Myanmar. Communities main line of defense is building their homes and businesses on bamboo stilts. This technique is beneficial in cities, but along the river it does not protect families from losing their homes and land.
Over the course of three years, I will document three CWS beneficiary families from Sat Pine, Let Pan Tan and Sit Kone as their villages are predicted to erode in the coming rainy seasons. I will document these villages for three years with two phases per year: dry season and rainy season. Each year I will follow a different family’s migration during rainy season and follow up with that family during the following dry season along with the family(s) from the previous year’s migration. I document their environment and gather portraits, interviews and aerial photographs. Using images from my initial visit, I will show before and after images comparing land masses to provide context for what was lost and follow these families migration journey, focusing on themes of community and resilience as I document their emotional voyage.
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INDONESIA | TIMOR ZERO HUNGER
On assignment with NGO, Church World Services, I spent time with their Timor Zero Hunger project in West Timor, Indonesia. Here we visited Enonuabuasa, a sub-hamlet of Eonfetnai. Their community was suffering from malnutrition and skin rashes as a result of poor sanitation and lack of nutritious food. Through CWS's sustainable agricultural training and seeds for the first crop, the community planted their first harvest and grew enough food to feed themselves and used the surplus to sell in the local markets as an income generating opportunity. In this piece, the community is planting their second harvest using growth from the previous harvest season. They are now self-sufficient farmers, are able to provide nutritious food for their family and a select few are using their new earnings to start small kiosks selling snacks and gasoline.
CWS holds agricultural technique trainings in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. They believe in educating developing communities how to be self sufficient so they may sustain far after CWS training sessions. In addition to #TimorZeroHunger, CWS completes WASH training, which educates the locals on clean water and sanitation. They teach community members of the negative consequences of open deification and brings latrine systems to families without toilet options. Additionally, they show how to cook nutritious meals with the food they are able to grow for mothers with children under 5 years.
Sand creates organic patterns and leaves impressions from all its travelers. From the beach to the desert, movement is shown and erased within moments. Contrast and shadows create patterns and long exposure creates drama and together these create SAND.
A gallery of images from Iceland, Greece, Morocco, Germany and the United States. These images are rich with texture, color and atmosphere creating the most realistic version of what was seen in that moment. Patience, light and the occassional neutral density filter helped create LAND.
Mountains line the Iceland landscape. From low hanging clouds to the warmth of sun rises and sun sets, textures unfold and showcase ice covered rock and moss. Tiny waterfalls sneak forward and fall slowly while descending mountainsides point towards nearby lava fields. Texture, light and imagination make MOUNTAINS.
From glaciers to waterfalls, there's something very cathartic about photographing moving water. These images show a silky smooth channel of movement that represents a more natural landscape. Patience is a great friend when capturing water along with some black glass. Together these components create WATER.
Morocco is a vibrant country full of wide open landscapes between bustling cities. Behind the snake charmers and rug shops are colorful alley ways, eclectic sounds and some of the most intersting people I've ever met.
This is Morocco.
TURKS + CAICOS
Turquoise water, coral reefs and dynamic clouds make for incredible images from sunrise to sunset. Colors are naturally saturated as far as the eye can see and boats seem to float on air as the crystal clear water propels them forward. This is TURKS + CAICOS.
Thailand is a remarkable country. There is a sense of unity and community that resonates through the people. From children sharing food at lunch time, to one parent picking up seven students from school, the community works together to further one another. As an english teacher in a Thai school, I have been fortunate enough to see and be a part of their culture. Having first hand experience with the Thai community and the overwhelming hospitality that comes with it has been one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling experiences of my life.
While this collection of images is not a cohesive body of work currently, it represents the on-goings of life and culture here in Thailand. From traveling to tutoring, these are my moments and this is THAILAND.
Editorial fashion shoots created in Scotland and London while working with Vogue UK and Glamour UK stylists.