A drive through Switzerland is everything that I thought it would be. Mountains, lakes and the requisite chocolate stops makes this one of the more memorable road trips in Europe.
This is the Japanese Maple Tree at the Portland Japanese Garden. The Portland Japanese garden has been proclaimed the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, and a short walk around the garden will tell you why. The maple tree has greater symbolism among Japanese culture, embodying grace and serenity, among other things.
An ongoing project for my entire life, but I couldn't not include a set from the country where I was born. My country gets a lot of bad rep, and the only news you hear about it are about floods, cyclones, tragedies, political turmoil, etc. Its not what I remember growing up. I wanted to show a country that has so much more to offer than the sum of its statistics.
Tattoos are not a very well known cultural norm where I grew up. In fact, only very recently did it experience a resurgence in the US, and became mainstream. It's bizarre seeing something drawn permanently on someones skin. Although it doesn't have the taboo that it used to, I'm curious as to why the average person gets one. In this project, I have tried to take portraits of people with their tattoos, proudly showing the part the tattoos play in their lives.