The is my man Bob Lussier. He recently sent me a cool photo for my ‘about me’ page, so I thought I would share a photo that I shot of him while we were at #nXnw 2013. Bob has many claims to fame, but the fact he can run a sub three hour marathon, pretty much makes his a super hero in my book. Make sure to check out his work here.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and Mother’s Day. We spent the day planting flowers and it was awesome…because my mom is awesome!
I will often go through these little mental exercises where I try to imagine all the stories of the world both past and present. In all honesty, it freaks me out a bit. It’s overwhelming to think we have our own story to tell that is just as cool as every other story being told. Billions of stories happening simultaneously. Each one as genuine as the next. The exercise feels a bit like Leibniz’s feeling he described about standing on the precipice of infinite greatness and infinite smallness (paraphrased). I wonder what this gentleman’s story is. I photographed him in a local Belizean market where he was trading vegetables with another farmer. Sure, we could say he is a framer…but life, his life, your life, our lives are much more than that.
I hope everyone had a great weekend! As a gesture of respect, wherever I travel I always try to learn how to say “May I take your photograph” in the native language. In Spanish, it’s ‘puedo tomar su photo’. Although, traveling in the Yucatan, you might need to learn Mayan as well. Twelve percent of the population is pure-blooded Mayan and many of them continue to speak the language. From my experience, I have found the Mayan people to be a very proud and stoic people. When I ask to take their photo, they all assume a very similar pose to the gentleman pictured here. If you ever have a chance to speak with someone of Mayan descent, take advantage of it. You’ll be in awe of the beauty of their stories.
Our adventure into the heart of Belize continues today with the World’s Most Interesting Man. The Dos Euqis guys is a fraud compared to Henri Dunster. Mr. Dunster is an Englishman whose father was a personal gardner for the Queen of England. He left England in the 70s to pursue his fascination with the Mayan civilization. Trained as an industrial artist, he brought his skill set to document the art of the Mayan’s. For 40 years he has accurately recorded all the Mayan ruins in Central America and produced over 200 works. Because of erosion and exposure, his work is the only record that remains of these incredible people. Needless to say, Mr. Dunster had more than a few stories to tell about his 40 year Mayan adventure. I’ll let him do the storytelling, just make sure to catch one of his presentations at the Sleeping Giant.
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Howdy! I hope you all had a great weekend. We got a much needed foot of snow here in CO. It will be gone by tomorrow. That’s just the way it works here.
This week we will be continuing our adventure through Belize by meeting some of its people. Belize is in the running for the world’s friendliest nation. Everyone we met was warm and welcoming. Once you fly into the Belize International Airport, you can catch a small plane to any number of regional airports throughout the country. On this flight, I politely asked our pilot if he needed a co-pilot, he politely responded “I don’t need a co-pilot, but if you’d like to sit in the front seat, you are more than welcome to.” I quickly grabbed the co-pilot seat, slapped on a headset and tried my best not to knock the rudder or yoke while I was taking photos…when we were landing, I was especially careful! These flights are about 20 minutes. Five minutes up….five down…and the rest is autopilot.
Photographers’s Note – This is a single images shot with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. I brought it to life with Lightroom 4. That’s about it!