these photos were taken during my time living with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 2013 and 2017. these communities face hyper paced industrialization and resource extraction.
this long-term project asks : how do humans maintain grace in the face of cataclysm?
a young waorani man lays drunk from beer bought for the community by the state oil company petroamazonas
Beto plays with a balsawood plane made by his father.
Airplanes like this were used by Christian Missionaries to make first contact with the Waorani in 1956.
a drunk Waorani man sets up a roadblock, barring oil company trucks from passing late in the night
Obe washes her basket before filling it with clean yucca root
a littered bottle of purified water rests in a pool of crude oil at an oil well abandoned by Texaco
Lago Agrio, former forest territory of the Kofán people
an Ecuadorian soldier takes photos of the Waorani
Miguel carves a canoe oar
two waorani girls seek an internet connection
what is there to be found in the space between the natural and the unnatural?
unmanipulated, unedited photos
sometimes I think nature photography is overwhelmed by the scale it attempts to convey. I'm not so concerned with jaw-dropping vistas and powerful wildlife. I'm more interested in the bouquets of form and color that convey a feeling— the inexplicable magic that is unique to each place. 35mm film photos.