Venice was beautiful. Enough said.
Here's my confession: These photos are vastly more touristy than usual.
Here's my excuse: I was a tourist. And who doesn't like a good tourist picture every once in a while?
From November 16-18, 2012 my photojournalism class traveled to Athens to photograph Greece in crisis.
Athens is a city in turmoil. Greece is at the heart of the Eurozone crisis with high debt, high poverty and almost palpable political tension. The recent elections were well-documented and the austerity measures placed on this country by the EU have been trumpeted through the news, but I hoped to capture more than that. I wanted to capture the face of Athens. I photographed the political tension, the anger and despair. I photographed the desperation and heartache felt walking down the streets. But I tried to make my photos go deeper than spot news, to the heart of the issue.
These pictures do not show Athens as a crumbling block in the European Union, they show men with crumbling resolve. These are not images of fire being thrown at policemen, of livid mobs yelling. They are photos of the people behind the fire, of the anguish behind the anger. Policemen with eyes full of fear, instead of threat. Backs bent with exhaustion. Tradition being desperately clung to. But most importantly, these are photos of the resolve that the people of Athens still possess. Because the people of Athens have not given up. Despite the pain and the anger, there is hope. There is strength in their eyes. There is faith.
I hope that as you look at these photos you see more than a political and economic crisis. I hope you see the face of Athens. Anguish, heartbreak and desperation, yes, but a people who refuse to give up.
Translation: When peaceful revolution becomes impossible violence is necessary.
(Followed by the symbol of the anarchists)
A guard outside Topkapi Palace
They make fresh pomegranate juice in the streets. It's delicious.
This is the Basilica Cistern. It's all underground so it's like walking into another world. They used it during Byzantine times as an extra store of water and fish for the palace and in times of siege. It was incredible.
The Spice Bazaar!
Drinking a glass of Istanbul
The insanely crowded Grand Bazaar
A merchant in the Grand Bazaar
The sun setting over the beautiful European side of Istanbul as we took a ferry across the Bosphorus Strait to the Asian side.
This was a photography project where we were each told to find a "corner shop" and photograph it for several days. It was a project intended to show the shop throughout a normal day. For the record, opening time was 4:45AM. (The sole reason for me telling you that is so I can publicly complain about being outside taking pictures at 4:45AM.) In these photos you'll see the manager of Toto's Newsagent, a sweet lady from Northern Ireland who is responsible for almost everything that goes on. You'll also see the delivery man who comes twice a week and stays for an hour to chat with the manager and have tea and digestives (that means cookies, Americans), a local boy delivering the morning papers and some of the regular customers. I loved seeing how such a strong community was built by this tiny corner shop. I also loved remembering that I don't usually have to wake up at 4AM. Enjoy!
Originally our assignment was to take pictures of different cultures in London. But then each of us had to have a specific story within that assignment and I ended up with "Children."
Did I feel incredibly creepy doing this shoot? Why yes. Yes, I did.
These are a few of my images from a photo assignment called Crisis Shopping. The topic was how shoppers are responding to the economic recession and calls for austerity. I didn't do weird color things on the ones I turned in, but this is my website and it doesn't get graded so I had fun on them. Sue me.
Our first photo assignment in London was to take pictures of tourist icons. The things that people think of when they hear "London". I tried to make mine different than the usual. I didn't want to take a bunch of architecture pictures, so I tried to photograph how I see London. That said, they won't be pictures you'd expect to see on a postcard, but hopefully you'll enjoy them anyways.