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Nightscape

September 27, 2011

Always be shooting (ABS).

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Failing Forword

September 25, 2011

It’s been too long since my last post. So I ask for your forgiveness. My plan is to work hard at updating my posts with the work I’ve been up to, but haven’t had the time to share.

Life has been crazy in so many ways, but mostly it has resolved around my family. You see back on March 3rd, my son was born. Aside from a couple of minor things Zachary’s first month was absolutely amazing and as sleepless as every first time parents would expect. But as time went on we learned he had some health issues that required more TLC than most children. It has take all of our strength to stay positive and to try and keep our heads above water.

Fast forward 6 months and things are starting to calm down. So again I apologize, it was never my intention to take so long to give everyone a glimpse into the projects that I’m really excited about.

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Stay Tuned.

I was originally scheduled to go to El Salvador during the spring time this year, however, because of gang violence local workers with Agros decided to cancel that trip.

This news was devastating for several reason, but mostly because that meant that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to go down there for at least another six months (if not longer).  So when we arrived in the village our church hadn’t been there in over a year.  Along with the “longtime-no-see” hugs, we arrived during a milestone in the villages history.  They were finally going to get a well to water their land.  For years now each villager has been hand watering their plots of land.  The majority of the farmers are currently growing corn and sesame seeds.  To have the opportunity of easier water access will give them the ability to grow niche crops that they wouldn’t otherwise have the been able to cultivate during the dry season.

My role in this trip was actually not to take photographs, but rather film a couple of family life stories.

So stay tuned over the next couple of months for these videos.

el salvador agros international 008 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 010 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 011 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 012 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 013 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 016 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 015 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 014 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

Sometimes journeys begin long before you know you’re on one.  We may think that the plane ride is the start of it all, but it’s not.

This sojourn to El Salvador began for me on my first “missions trip” to Mexico in high school, and within that, each Mexico trip I’ve taken since then.  If I hadn’t had those experiences, I wouldn’t have understood what this journey truly meant.

Now I don’t want to discount the work organizations are doing by giving homes to needy families, while getting churches and high schoolers involved in something bigger than themselves.  But the flaw I can’t seem to stop thinking about is the relationship part of it all.  Honestly, every trip I’ve ever been on had been about beating the record for building a home the fastest, high-fiving the family, and never knowing if the work we rushed through actually stood any test of time.

Riverwest Church and Agros International partnered together 7 years ago to build a community in El Salvador for families to break through the poverty line by teaching them how to work the land, and to build for themselves an economically sustainable community through land ownership and farming.  This vision then translated into a relationship between the Church, Agros, and the Villagers.  With each visit from our Church, it’s not just about how fast we can finish a work project (because they really don’t need a bunch of gringos messing things up), but rather, it’s about sharing as a family in their trials, as well as their blessings.

el salvador agros international 001 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 002 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 003 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 004 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

el salvador agros international 005 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

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el salvador agros international 007 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

Holgatastic

February 7, 2010

“I like digital cameras, because they enable you to reminisce immediately. It’s like (click), look at us. We were so young. Standing right there, wow where does the minute go?” -Mitch Hedberg

For Christmas this year I received a Holga 120N medium format film camera. It has made me slow down and think about each shot I’m trying to make. Which I like. To often we go through life with a machine gun approach to everything.

holga1 Holgatastic