Member photographer/Magnum Photos. Editor/Burn Magazine. NatGeo Magazine photographer
To APPLY: Please go to our link in profile @burnmagazine or go to BurnMagazine.org to see past recipients since 2008 and our current primo class international jury. The EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER FUND grant is $10,000. Funded by generous donors through @magnumfoundation. In addition,@fujifilmx_us is offering a Young Talent Award of $5,000. for a photographer 25 and under. The EPF grant is for all ages. Deadline for entry is September 30. I started the EPF on my old Road Trips blog because I could see the new generation of serious photographers just weren't going to have print media for support in the future. When I started @burnmagazine along with @antonkusters in 2008 the EPF came with it. Again, please go look at the past recipients of the EPF and what they've done. Both of these grants are no strings attached. No corporate or advertising tricks. The jury is 100% independent. Mentoring and support of emerging photographers has been a part of my entire career. Pay back pay forward. I'm looking forward to this years winners. To be announced at the end of my New York workshop on October 27. APPLY:Deadline for entry is September 30. Link in profile @burnmagazine
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At Jockey's Ridge State Park
Cape Hatteras, NC. These days in the Outer Banks everybody with 4wd is heading for Shelly Island, newly formed off " the point". A storm last spring with just the right combo of wind and currents brought this new island to us. At low tide you can wade out to the island for both amazing shell collecting( hence the name) or go surfing or just hang. This island may wash away with the next big storm which is of course the very nature of barrier islands. They all move all the time. In the meantime it's a beach Disneyland with something for everybody. Quiet shallow water for the kids, good winds for kiteboarders, well shaped waves for surfers, and a myriad of subjects for photographers. Look at Google maps and you can see Cape Hatteras sticks far out to sea. If you are in the outer banks, go check it out. You may not have another chance. #fujigfx #capehatteras #outerbanks
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Dune surfers on one of several kite fest days in Nags Head NC. This most popular set of dunes, Jockeys Ridge State Park, has hang gliders, bird watchers, kite flyers, weddings, funerals, church meetings, school trips , sunrise/sunset watchers, deer, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, snakes, turtles , bald eagles, osprey, and tree frogs. As a young boy 11, I fell in love with photography about 75 miles north of here and my darkroom door opened out into dunes like this. So the smells and sounds are in me. This scene is literally straight out my front door now. You always meet nice people up on this dune. There is a hyper magnetic power coming out of this dune. I'm not joking. It's often a melting pot of cultures up on that dune. Maybe they aren't holding hands and singling " We Are the World"... yet the vibe is a bit like that.. an oasis in the current political desert...personally I have always lived my life assuming the best in people. Curious always what makes an individual tick. Going for what we surely must have in common.Everybody is interesting one way or another. All have a story to tell. My darkroom door of yesteryear opened out onto a world larger than I thought.
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End of summer front porch hang time. No big party. Just a few friends. Quiet. Moon. September a time for back to school back to work. I'm finishing up my project at home. Time to take a close look at all I've shot. I always feel like I didn't quite do enough, yet it's all I thought about all I did and all I tried to do. Those I mentor know well that I push them to photograph what is right around them either literally or psychologically. I'll be off soon to New York for my October workshops and to finish shooting at my second home soon to be gone. Keep your eye on my IG Stories in the coming weeks. I'll be reviewing books by some amazing photographers and also giving some insights into the thought process for making a book. In my case it all starts right here at home. What you care about is what you should photograph. How you feel how you think and what motivates your very being. You must write your own song. That can only come from inside. Photography is such a beautiful vehicle for traveling the road of life. I can't think of any other tool that quite allows the same freedoms of both experience and expression. Summer is over, yet adventure awaits.
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These old wooden fishing piers down here in the Outer Banks NC look like they couldn't possibly take another northeaster or hurricane. Well they've all been either rebuilt or had extensive repair over the years, but they just keep hanging on. Yes they are sport fishing piers, but also community gathering spots each with its own crowd and personality. Walk out on this pier during heavy seas and the whole thing shakes and creaks. This is a piece of the view from my favorite breakfast table. My photo essay from home these last few weeks is almost finished. A combo of people and landscape. I have not missed my often airport oriented lifestyle. Well I do love to be in faraway lands, yet don't generally like the process of getting there. I'd be very happy if I could just drive to any assignment. At least driving you can have an adventure. Stop to shoot. Change your mind on the route. Or find an out of the way spot like this where somebody has a favorite breakfast table. #fujigfx #nagshead
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As everyone watches in horror the hurricane Harvey devastation in Texas, all of us living here in the outer banks are tracking Irma on her way from Africa. These old Nags Head houses sitting on the beach have withstood by some miracle about 80 years worth of hurricanes, yet a Cat 3 or 4 hitting us directly would flatten the place. I've ridden out 2 hurricanes here with winds of 100mph or so. Scary and exhilarating yet survivable. But 120 or 130mph and my house is gone for sure. Fortunately with hurricanes you have some time to think about staying or leaving. Ample warning. Irma looks bad. When I talk with family and friends about what we pack up and drive off the island with in an evacuation, it's our pictures of course. Other things can be replaced. Family pictures and art are what we will try to save. Of course the cats and dogs won't be left behind. The temptation is to stay and pray. Let's hope Irma stays offshore. The country cannot take another major hit.
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Nags Head NC 8-28-17. I've got about another week of shooting for an assignment on "home". That's what is right around me. No trip no travel no exotic location. This from my favorite breakfast spot at the Nags Head Fishing Pier. A blustery coolish morning. One can smell the sea telling fall is on the way.
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After watching the solar eclipse from the top of Jockeys Ridge sand dune @bryanharveyfilms does a little hop jump for Lyla. The mood had all of us a bit giddy. We got 90% here in the outer banks and we all agreed it was nothing short of both eerie and exhilarating. #fujifilmxt2
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Kite boarder @epic_kieran gets some air off a small wave on Cape Hatteras N.C. The point at Hatteras can be some of the most treacherous waters on the Atlantic coast. Yet yesterday clear warm water was the reward as we went out to see the newly formed Shelly Island which appeared after an April storm. Because of wind and strong currents the coast here on the Outer Banks is in constant change. That's the story of these barrier islands all along the Eastern seaboard. However no spot is more dramatic than on Cape Hatteras sticking far out into the sea. Kieran was breaking kite boarding safety rules a bit by kiting an offshore wind. A downed kite could drag him to sea. Yet he's a pro. " I was cutting it a bit close I guess" said Kieran " but it was too much fun to resist". #capehatteras #fujifilmxt2 #outerbanks #kitesurfing
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My storage room is often a mess as now. Things come and go and I can't keep up with it ( or anything ). I'm always behind . Both @obxhomepage and @ale_jandram try to help me help myself but well I'm a bit hopeless. Somehow I do manage to get from point A to point B yet those around me can never figure out quite how. The only thing I can do right is to focus on a photo project. Yet so much photo production is also the reason for the mess. Vicious circle. Like right now I have two choices. Organize this room. Or get on my bike and go shooting. Well maybe I should just wait for a cold winter day to tackle the room. Right?
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Here in the outer banks we don't have a town center. Look at a map and you will see we are a very thin strip of sand jutting out into the Atlantic. A satellite photo makes it look like nobody could live here. So the fishing piers double as social centers. You can take your kids fishing or go meet your friends for a beer and steamed shrimp. So the net result is an age demographic from tiny babies to teenagers to old folks slow dancing to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from a live band. Admittedly only a narrow slice of middle America , yet the sweet side. Every year there is more and more of a welcomed cultural mix. I'm enjoying my temporary isolation in this little idyllic pocket smack in the middle of a US in apparent turmoil. I started out as a pro photog in the late 60's with our cities on fire, assassinations, war, and a nuclear holocaust always hanging over our heads. So I went out into the world with my camera. To photograph the "minorities", to meet our enemies, to smell mass graves, and sleep in the desert with people who'd never seen a car or an airplane. I haven't seen it all. Yet I have some sense of an eclectic world. You know what? I have not witnessed any "evil" cultures . Not anywhere. I only saw systems gone awry. People caught in a whirlpool not of their own making. Everybody wants peace. A roof over their head. A family. A job. Simple. Yea, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
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8-12-17. Life saving station originally built in 1897 on the NCarolina shore to aid stricken survivors of ships sunk off this often treacherous coast. One of seven such stations built starting in 1875. More than 3,000 ships lie on the sea bottom off this coast, blown by storms on to shallow shoals then breaking apart. One of the stations here on Cape Hatteras National Seashore was the first to have an all black crew and a black commanding officer Richard Etheridge. In 2012 a US Coast Guard cutter was commissioned in his honor. The history of these shifting sands we call the outer banks goes on and on. First powered flight by the Wright brothers , home of Blackbeard the pirate, German submarine crews coming ashore WWII , all those sunken ships, great fishing on and offshore, terrific surf breaks ( not often enough) , a kite boarding paradise, hurricanes that can wipe us out, and fish tacos at every restaurant! Who can ask for more? #fujigfx #mediumformatdigital
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It's pretty clear I just can't get away from home. It's a magnet and tough to pull away. If I close my eyes I can imagine being in Bahia or Cuba or Phuket, yet when I open my eyes there is always something right here to shoot. Alas perhaps not so "exotic" but a warm comfort zone. For now also a commission which is just perfect. Besides summer international travel has me thinking as much about the nightmare airport scenes as much as having a coconut water at my fave kiosk in Rio. The itch to move will of course hit me. Always does. Just not yet. Soon enough I'll be heading for my last workshop in my New York loft. We've had so much response, we will add an extra week. See link in my IG profile. After New York I'll go to Rio or Cuba or Puerto Rico or Thailand. I've got things to shoot at all of them. In the meantime I can't move and my cats are being over fed. It's a crazy world out there and I do pray for world peace. I know my temporary reality is not shared by all. Always on my mind, always on my mind. 8-12-17 Nags Head NC #fujigfx
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Avalon. OBX NC 8-17. Continuing my assignment at home for 3 more weeks. To be part of a book and exhibition. Avalon is its own world down here in the outer banks. We have 5 fishing piers here, each with their own cultural milieu. The fishermen on one pier don't fish on the other. Same for those who just hang out. Everybody has their pier. You aren't going catch the Avalon crowd heading for the Nags Head pier. Loyalty. #fujifilmxt2
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It's a family affair. #fujigfx
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Skim boarder waits for the right swell. Surfers own the beach down here, yet skim boarders epitomize the summer scene. I've never seen a skimmer in winter. Skimmers are also younger, 10-15 I'm guessing. Summer is almost gone. The next full moon will find this boy back in math class . All the more reason to study the waves , study which one will let you spin turn twist and ride back to shore. Yea the next one just might be it . #fujigfx
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My good neighbor Frank Brown glorifies an outer banks sunrise. Frank and his best buddy O.B. are out on the beach for each sunrise and he photographs 365 of them per year @obxhomepage. Frank is a preacher, teacher, surfer, and real estate pitch man. Frank is assisting me on my current commission to document my "home". Sweet deal. August is probably the least get work done month of the year in the northern hemisphere. Yet I never stop shooting, albeit never far from my front porch during the dog days of summer. Nags Head N.C. 8-5-17. #fujigfx #nagshead
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Earl Grey (Gordo) often loves to jump to the hood of my truck when I pull in the drive. He seems to know when I've been to the supermarket and perhaps have brought him something special like fresh tuna. There is no look of disappointment quite like his if I haven't brought a treat , so I usually try to please. 8-1-17 #fujifilmxt2
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Join me for one last historic photo workshop blast in my New York loft. Yes alas the Kibbutz loft is over. Home of many artists including at one time or another 8 Magnum photographers. So this building definitely has the vibes. Yet goodbye it is. So if you've ever thought about immersing yourself in one of my New York workshops, now is the time. The only time. See link in profile. This class is for advanced photographers. Portfolio review and FaceTime interview required. For almost all of my workshops the last few years I'm working and teaching and teaching and working. To the advantage of my students. When I am in the middle of a project it's just a really good time for serious photographers to learn first hand. I'm shooting right up til the end the Kibbutz for a potential book. We've got plenty of wall space to get your best day by day work up and I'll do the same. This might be the end of the loft, yet the beginning for emerging photographers to launch. I bring in the best in the biz, both editors and photographers, to join in daily critique. Final show and fiesta? Ha! What do you think? We will roll out in style of course. See link in my IG profile .
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Sunset selfie. Outer Banks NC . 7-22-17. For the next few weeks I am shooting on commission at home. Not necessarily on my front porch as here, yet a general daily diary of life around me. It's hot it's summer and to be lazy is my instinct. Certainly as can't move ride my bike go swimming as I ever get. As close to sliding back to boyhood as I can be. I fell in love with photography not far from here at age 12 and basically shot only around home then. I had no choice at 12, and dreamed of far away shores. Now when I am far away, I dream of being here. I think both dreams are an integral part of my work. Giving others the key to a creative life is one of the things I do with gusto. We did two full on workshops here this spring. Just the perfect mood. Great students. This fall I'll get off this porch and head for my last New York workshop. Well the last in the famed Kibbutz. Also home for the last 12 years and also a book subject I'm shooting. So any serious photographer who feels a workshop experience with me would advance their career or work, would I think be wise to think about the last blast in the Kibbutz. Anyone who knows about or has been to one of my NYC classes knows this final hurrah will be an event to remember. All of my ex students are of course invited to the final show and fiesta which will be well super special. Stay tuned IG TODAY for an announcement about New York. #fujixt2
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