Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My thesis

These last few months have felt pretty busy. I've been juggling a full-time job while tackling my thesis. But, ALAS, I did it! I completed my thesis which is a book divided into three chapters. Each chapter is a different story that communicates how immigrant youth are dealing with and reacting to the spike in deportations.

After all the work was finished, and I came home from a quick trip to my graduate school to defend, I was able to take a breather and re-focus on some work I'm moving forward in Naples.

I'm showing you a little sampling of spreads from the book. If you want to check out the entire book click HERE.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

For the Game

On a five week rotation I get to fill the front page of the Neopolitan section for a series called Our World. I really enjoy them because I have the freedom of choice in words and pictures. This piece printed two Saturdays ago. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

From the archive

It was not long ago that I lived in San Francisco and would drive myself over to Vallejo to document the city. Once change in my pocket was great enough to pay the tolls I'd go. In 2008, the city filed for bankruptcy and I kept reading that it was doing better. When I got there, in 2011, it was easy to see while driving around and talking to folks that the city was still operating in the red.

The guy in the photograph above told me he was Jesus. He was living in a tent behind a closed down Walmart. See, Walmart moved to Vallejo and they wanted to expand. But plans didn't allow for that. So, they closed down and moved away. The entire shopping center around Walmart was barren too. Closed, or nearly closed stores and restaurants that could have thrived with the steady flow of Walmart go-ers. And then there was Jesus who moved in because of a purpose he said he was there for. Something big. But, he wasn't sure yet.