Someone once said, "There's life before Africa and then there's life after." I couldn't agree more after returning from a month on that beautiful continent. My work with Air Shepherd, black and white wildlife series and drought project hitting my site soon!
Sahara in Arabic means, the Greatest Desert. It took 12 hours to reach from Marrakesh, through the winding Atlas Mountains(not for the faint of heart) and then, once you reach the last desert outpost of M'hamid, a 2 hour anxiety producing car ride through a sea of the most amazing sand dunes. But, before we reached camp, this gentle desert dweller appeared out of nowhere, as did the watering hole where he was quenching the thirst of his loyal companions. Moments like this seem surreal for a photographer. The Sahara was everything and more than I could have ever imagined. Full story of my experience coming soon to my site.
I once spent an afternoon in the village of Chey, located outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia and met, Et Salm. He's a lovely man who entertained a lively portrait session and gave me a lesson in palm sugar making. Watching him climb up and down sugar palm trees, showing us around his home and catching a smoke was one of many memorable moments Cambodia gave me.
Last March, I was offered an incredible opportunity to travel with Planet Water Foundation to Cambodia to document their ambitious Project 24; building 24 water filtering towers, in 24 rural communities, in 24 hours and thus providing clean water to 24,000 people throughout Cambodia. Project 24 launched on March 22nd, in honor of World Water Day. It was, by far, one of the most challenging and inspiring experiences. The philanthropic and dedicated efforts of Planet Water Foundation, along with the gratitude and gracious hospitality of the Cambodian people, made for a truly human experience that I'll never forget.
A little bit about my winning entry in the 2014 competition. Thanks David, always a pleasure speaking with you.
I'm back from a long winter break and so excited to be heading to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand for the next few weeks!
First stop... Cambodia.
I'm thrilled to be working with Planet Water Foundation in honor of World Water Day, March 22nd. They'll be implementing clean water filtering systems throughout rural communities. I'll be helping provide a visual narrative to Cambodia's water poverty and their initiatives to combat the needs of many.
While in Cambodia, I'll also be taking over instagram for Wonderful Machine:) Come follow along @wonderfulmachine & @_nfranco.
My super lovely and so photogenic friend, Taran, left our little desert town to storm the U.S health food industry with her amazing La Onda sauce. We'll miss her deeply but, I'm so excited for her new business venture, I know she's going to kick ass!
I was recently featured in Dispatches from Latin America. Fun write up about my winning image, current projects and some insight to how I ended up living in the middle of Central Mexico:) Gracias David!
My Instagram takeover for Wonderful Machine starts tomorrow. Please come follow @wonderfulmachine!