May 21, 2018

May was an interesting month for the project. Miranda and I keep chipping away at finding the heart of the story and a rhythm has indeed presented itself. We have been diving very deep in to people's stories, a process which is becoming more a meditation on human exper...

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Xochimilco holds the last of the pre-Hispanic waterways which once made up a vast network of canals within the valley of Mexico, now Mexico City. There, amongst the canals, are also the last of the chinampas, sculpted islands where crops are grown. The ne...

February 15, 2018

I hope everybody who has reason to celebrate St. Valentine's day yesterday had a very pleasant time. This year, the day of love had an added treat of falling on Ash Wednesday as well as a new moon and the lunar new year. I enjoyed seeing couples out and about with thei...

January 28, 2018

There are places in Nevada where the eye can see hundreds of square miles all at once. From mountains which tower above expanses of long flatlands one is able to observe a number of different weather conditions occurring simultaneously. It may hail on you while below i...

November 21, 2017

I would like to take a moment to reflect because it has been an interesting year for our project. Since the time Miranda Huba and I agreed to pursue making A Hand Through The Smoke the following has occurred; our first and most impactful informants were awarded the Nob...

November 12, 2017

A slogan I heard while recently in Scotland still rings in my mind “Scotland is the only country on Earth which has the potential to disarm a nuclear state” There are several events over decades which led up to the realization of this statement as well as motivations f...

November 6, 2017

Last week the incredible Setsuko Thurlow, who as a thirteen year old girl survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, invited Miranda Huba and I into her home her home in Toronto for an interview and discussion. We brought with us a young man we had met in Hiroshima this...

October 19, 2017

The last two days out in Arizona things really came together. The seeds I had planted and the tireless wanderings paid off in a wonderful way. Each day while there I was at my first location an hour before sunrise so I could see the day reveal the land, after which I w...

October 15, 2017

Somewhere near Aneth, Utah I had picked up a hitch-hiker. He was a young man named Michael who carried a skateboard and not much else. While I removed the cameras and related minutia from the front so he could sit he asked if I am a photographer. I told him not necessa...

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