I am a traveler. a photographer. a storyteller.

I have always been a traveler and a wanderer. Travel for me is not about vacations; it is my way to learn about a world that I care deeply about. There is nothing that energizes me more than to be in a foreign environment trying to uncover some of its secrets.

 I have an insatiable curiosity about other cultures and their ways of life.

Not that life is easy everywhere, and I have seen plenty of very challenging situations.   But I always find beauty wherever I go.

This beauty and an urge to share it got me into photography. After an unsatisfying career in academia, a few years ago, I decided to act on my passion to see some of the more remote regions of the world and share what I find. I am a self-taught photographer, but I have tried to work on my skills diligently. As you can see from my gallery images, my true love is photographing people; I rarely photograph landscapes or landmarks. Although I enjoy shooting portraits, what I truly like is capturing “snippets” of people’s lives and documenting small events, from cultural rituals to daily life activities.  For many years, I have been traveling around the world documenting people’s lives in diverse settings, often in out-of-the-way places. I jokingly often described my work as “life photography.”  One thing that differs across various locales is how much one can observe everyday life just by walking down the street. In most wealthy societies, much of life is conducted behind the doors of homes and workplaces, but in many other countries, a large proportion of life happens out in the open.  Life is there on view: one person is cutting hair, another is cooking meals, and everyone is interacting with one another, as opposed to ignoring one another like what we often see in our world.  There, life photography is street photography.  

And I like to tell stories, so I started a blog where I can have images and words. It is not a typical travel blog with tips on where to go on a vacation or a typical photography blog with only the best images captured on a trip. It is a blog where I tell stories and select the images that help tell the tale. If you take the time to look at some of the posts, please do leave a comment. The comments are another way for me to learn, which is my deepest passion.  If you prefer to communicate with me directly, send me a message using the box below or I an be reached at [email protected].

To a beautiful world,

France

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Awards

2024

  • All About Photos, Travel Photography, Particular Merit Mention, Girl’s Procession

2023

  • International Photography Award (IPA), People, Traditions and Cultures, Honorable Mention, Maulid in Lamu
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), State of the World, Curatorial Selection, Maulid in Lamu
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), State of the World, Curatorial Selection, Semana Santa in Antigua
  • 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Culture and Daily Life Category, Gold Series Winner, Maulid in Lamu
  • Lens Culture Street Photography Awards, 3rd Place, The Celestial Ladies
  • Italian Street Photo Festival, Finalist, The Celestial Ladies
  • ND (Neutral Density) Award, People and Culture, Honorable Mention, Maulid in Lamu
  • ND (Neutral Density) Award, People and Culture, Honorable Mention, Semana Santa in Antigua
  • Paris Street Photography Festival, Honorable Mention, Tunisian Chechias series
  • Paris Street Photography Festival, Honorable Mention, Girls Playing in Lahore
  • Paris Street Photography Festival, HonorableMention, Busy Street in Lahore
  • Pisa Street Photography Festival, Finalist, The Celestial Ladies

2022

  • All About Photo, Women, Particular Merit Mention, Uzbekistan
  • International Photography Award (IPA), People, Traditions and Culture, Honorable Mention, The Mundari and their Treasured Cows
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), State of the World, Shortlisted, The Mundari and their Treasured Cows
  • ND (Neutral Density) Award, People and Culture, Gold Star Award, The Mundari and their Treasured Cows
  • Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, Finalist, The Mundari and their Treasured Cows
  • Miami Street Photography Festival, 3rd Place, The Celestial Ladies
  • Paris Street Photography Festival, Finalist, The Celestial Ladies

2021

  • Voyage Travel Awards, Sense of Place Category, Finalist, Raffia
  • Black and White Photo, Spotlight Award, Proud Wodaabe Boy
  • All About Photos, Travel Photography, Particular Merit Mention, Proud Wodaabe Boy.
  • International Photography Award (IPA), People and Lifestyle, Honorable Mention, Out for Prayers
  • 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Culture and Daily Life Category, Honorable Mention, The Wodaabes, Nomads of the Sahel
  • 16th Black and White Spider Awards, 3rd Place with Honor Distinction in the Children Category, Appleby 
  • Siena International Photo Award, Honorable Mention, Journeys and Adventures Category, Out for Prayers
  • Portrait of Humanity Award, Finalist, Among the Sheep
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), Gold Medal, Street Photography Category, Out for Prayers
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), Bronze Medal, Press Category, Raffia
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3) State of the World, Shortlisted, Life at the Ranch

2020

  • 15th Black and White Spider Award, Nominee, Woodabe Children
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Events, Traditions and Cultures Category, Honorable Mention, Ganga Sagar Mela
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Events, Traditions and Cultures Category, Honorable Mention, Gerewol Festival
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), State of the World, Shortlisted, Ganga Sagar Mela
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), State of the World, Shortlisted, The Last Train to Bishwa Ijtema
  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), Portraiture, Honorable Mention, Water Gypsies
  • Urban Photo Award, Street Category, Semi-Finalist, Feet First
  • 15th Pollux Award, Culture and Daily Life Category, Honorable Mention, Water Gypsies
  • 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Culture and Daily Life Category, Honorable Mention, The Last Train to Bishwa Ijtema
  • All About Photos, Travel Photography, Particular Merit Mention, Raffia
  • Focus L.A. Top 20 finalist, Colorful Curls
  • Portrait of Humanity Award, Shortlisted, Wodaabe Girls
  • San Francisco Bay International Photography Awards, Gold Medal, Feet FirstParticular Merit

2019

  • 14th Pollux Awards-Culture and Daily Life, Honorable Mention, Fishing for Life
  • All About Photo, Street Photography, Particular Merit Mention, Colorful Curls
  • 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award-Culture and Daily Life Category-Winner, Children of Mongolia
  • All About Photo, The Mind’s Eyes, Particular Merit Mention, Among the Sheep
  • Photo-Lucida Critical Mass, Finalist, Irish Travellers Who No Longer Travelled
  • Travel Photographer of the Year, Finalist, Appleby Horse Fair
  • TIFA (Tokyo International Photo Festival), Bronze Medal, Among the Sheep
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Feature Story Category, Honorable Mention, Fishing for Life

2018

  • Paris Prix de la Photography (PX3), Gold Medal, Portraiture/Culture, Among the Sheep
  • Chromatic Awards, First Place, Among the Sheep
  • Siena International Photo Awards, Finalist, Boy Among the Sheep
  • PDN World-in-Focus competition in the Travel Story Category, On the Road in Dhaka
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Feature Story Category, Honorable Mention, Irish Travellers

2017

 

  • Paris Prix de la Photography  (PX3) Portraiture/Culture, Bronze Medal, The Frankincense Boy
  • PhotoLucida Critical Mass, Finalist, My Paradise
  • Travel Photographer of the Year Award, Finalist, Small Town Timkat
  • APA National Award in the Photojournalism Category, Railroad Tracks
  • PDN World-in-Focus competition in the Travel Portrait Category, Among the Sheep
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Tradition and Cultures Category, Honorable Mention, Small Town Timkat
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2016

  • International Photography Award (IPA), Feature Story Category, Honorable Mention, Off The Grid
  • International Photography Award (IPA), Tradition and Cultures Category, Honorable Mention, Hola Mohalla

2015

Publications

  • GEO Magazine (Germany), The Celestial Ladies, December 2023
  • L’Oeil de la Photography (The Eye of Photography), “Antigua’s Semana Santa”. June 19, 2023
  • Lens Magazine Photo-Essay “The Mundari and their Treasured Cows“. Issue #100, January 2023
  • All About Photo Magazine, Women, “Sisterhood”. Issue #29, December 2022
  • Nargis Magazine “Rhythms of West Africa“, August 2022
  • Dodho Magazine Photo-Essay “Tribal Dances“. Issue #20, March 2022
  • All About Photo Magazine, Travel, “The Wodaabes, Nomads of the Sahel”. Issue #20, August 2021
  • Portraits of Humanity, “Among the Sheep”. Vol. 3, Hoxton Mini Press, 2021
  • Shadow and Light Magazine, “Kazakh Childhood” .Nov/Dec 2021
  • Dodho Magazine Photo-Essay “Kazakh Children“, Issue #16, March 2021
  • Lens Magazine Photo-Essay “More Colorful than Life“. Issue #74, November 2020
  • Shadow and Light Magazine, “Wodaabe Herder Boy“. Sept/Oct 2020 
  • Lens Magazine Photo-Essay “A Wodaabe Gathering“. Issue #70, July 2020
  • Portraits of Humanity, “Wodaabe Girls”. Vol. 2, Hoxton Mini Press, 2020
  • Dodho Online Magazine, Photo-Essay “A Wodaabe Gathering
  • Dodho Online Magazine, Photo-Essay “La Romeria del Rocio
  • Dodho Online Magazine, Photo-Essay “Irish Travellers
  • Dodho Online Magazine, Photo-Essay “Brick-by-Brick
  • Dodho Online Magazine, Photo-Essay “Heavy Loads of Colorful Fair
  • All About Photo Magazine, Travel, Benin: “Raffia, Palm Oil and Voodoo”, Issue #11, April 2020
  • All About Photo Magazine, Street, “Life in the Streets”, Issue #8, November 2019
  • All About Photo Magazine, The Mind’s Eye, “Among the Sheep”, Special Issue, 2019
  • PDN (Photo District News), “Among the Sheep”, December 2017
  • PDN (Photo District News), On the Road in Dhaka, December 2018″Geo Magazine

Exhibitions

Curated Group Exhibitions

  • Atlas of Humanity Exhibition, Paris, November 10-  November 13, 2023
  • PX3 State of the World Exhibition, Paris November 7-November 12, 2023
  • Miami Street Photography Festival, History Miami Museum, December 2, 2022- January 3, 2023
  • Jeonju International Photography Festival (with EOMS) South Korea, September 23-October 9, 2022
  • Eyes on Main Street, 8th Ed., Wilson, NC, USA, October 20, 2022-March 30, 2023
  • Atlas of Humanity Exhibition, Milan, October 7-October 30, 2022
  • Atlas of Humanity Exhibition, Paris, May 27-29, 2022
  • Women Street Photographers, Hyderabad, India, November 18-December 19, 2022
  • PHOTO IS:RAEL, International Photography Festival, November 23-December 3, 2022
  • Eyes on Main Street, 7th Ed., Wilson, NC, USA, October 20, 2021-March 30,2022
  • Focus PhotoLA, Los Angeles, CA, September 16-September 19, 2021
  • Women Street Photographers, 59 Rivoli Gallery, Paris, July 26-August 8, 2021
  • Finding the Light, an exhibition at Photo-Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, December 31, 2020-January 21, 2021
  • Women Street Photographers, ArtSpace, New York City, NY, December 11-28 2020
  • Center for Photographic Arts, 2020 International Juried Show, Carmel, CA, November 14-December 20, 2020
  • Women Street Photographers, State Historical Museum, Chelyabinsk, Russia, August 27-September 27, 2020
  • 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition, Foto-Nostrum Gallery, Barcelona March 4-28, 2020
  • 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition, Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona, October 9-26, 2019
  • Women at Work, an exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, November 7-30, 2019
  • Travel: Places and Faces , an exhibition at Photo-Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, November 7-December 9, 2018
  • Dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, July-August 2015
  • Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, July-August 2014d

Exhibitions

  • Solus World View Visceral Dance Company
    Performance inspired by my images- July 2017
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