I've had the opportunity to work in both the northeastern and southeastern corners of Nigeria. Near Calabar in the south, Project HOPE has a program supporting HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children and their families. Some in this population are IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) forced from their homes by border disputes with Cameroon. Up north, I was a member of a famine assessment team looking at IDPs in Maiduguri displaced by Boko Haram, drought, and the resulting economic instability and food crisis in the region.
Walking home from school with her brother in Ekureku.
Angelina and her husband Okoro adopted two young orphans in the Oban community after they were abandoned by their mentally ill mother. In order to gain legal custody of the children, Okoro had to take their mother as his second wife even though she wanders the street and has no interest in them. The four are now a strong family and the children are back in school.
When Cameroon and Nigeria redrew their border to settle competing oil claims, a population of Nigerians on the far side of that line were forced from their homes. Some of those families now reside in an IDP camp located inside of a school.
Carrying collected firewood home to her family's tent in the Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri.
Friday prayers in the Dalori IDP Camp in Maiduguri.
Waiting outside of the clinic in the Bakassi IDP camp.
IDP families living in the Sulumri host community.
Squatting in a partially-completed structure in the Suleimanti IDP host community.
Walking between tents in the Sabon Gari IDP host community.
Carrying food home to her family in Sabon Gari.
In the home of an IDP family in the Suleimanti host community.
A meeting under the mango tree in the Suleimanti host community.
When asked where his father was, Kingsley pointed to the mound in front of their house. Both parents had died of AIDS in the past couple of years and the 15-year-old head of the household in Igbudu was now supporting his two younger siblings.
Augustina has struggled to support her three children after her husband died because of limited opportunities available to widows in Nigeria.
After their father died of AIDS, the Ndukwa family had no incoming money for food or school and became dangerously malnourished. Wish assistance from the community and Project Hope, they're more stable again. Here Augustina's three children receive advice for succeeding in school from several leaders of their community.
Ikwo and her mother, both living on the rural border with Cameroon at the Akpabuyo IDP Camp.
A boy carries his sister outside of their shelter in the Suleimanti IDP host community.
Two neighboring IDP homes in Suleimanti.
Scaling a wall on the edge of Suleimanti.
The wife and son of a community leader in the Sulumri IDP host community.
Children in the Sabon Gari IDP host community.
A grandmother in Sulumri.
Ekitite shows off her garden tucked between buildings near the harbor in Calabar.
Red means severe malnutrition for this 8-month old baby girl. She and her family live in the Dalori IDP camp with over 30,000 other residents.
Digging a pit toilet against the back wall of the Dambon Road IDP host community in the midday heat.
Laundry day in the Bakassi IDP camp, the second largest camp in Maiduguri with over 20,000 residents.
Multiple generation living in the same home in Sabon Gari community. With few other opportunities, women sew traditional hats to earn income for supporting their families.
After Philomina's husband died, she struggled to find work to support her three children, a common problem for Nigerian widows.
Mr. Chilbueze's two young wives pick oranges in the yard between their houses. Without access to family planning education, the polygamist family has grown more quickly than their income can support and all 11 children are malnourished.
A young woman at home in Abakaliki.
Women and their children in Suleimanti.
Siblings in the Oban community.
Sisters doing each other's hair in the Sabon Gari IDP host community.
Behind the Akpabuyo IDP Camp in Ikang, a primary school that houses Nigerian families displaced from their land by border conflicts with neighboring Cameroon. The land is rich with oil that both countries are anxious to profit from, even at the expense of the people who live there.
This boy keeps the beat during a song at the Neighborhood Care-well Foundation, a facility in the rough part of Calabar providing orphans and other at-risk children a safe place to keep off the street and in school.
On the main street of the Sabon Gari IDP community.
A newborn in the Dambon Road IDP community in Maiduguri.
Dressed up for the holiday weekend in the Sabon Gari community of Maiduguri.
On Saturday the 25th of April, 2015, central Nepal was rocked by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that damaged much of the country. The surviving Nepali were traumatized with thousands injured by collapsed buildings and landslides. The population of Kathmandu decreased dramatically in the following days as people returned to their home villages to check on family members and assess damages. Within hours the international aid community mobilized bringing people and supplies to those in need. I arrived a week later with Project HOPE, a medical humanitarian organization responding to the disaster with donated medicines, medical supplies and a team of volunteer nurses, doctors and logisticians ready to assist in any way possible. We worked for three-weeks in several hospitals and clinics around Kathmandu helping Nepal's medical system cope with the onslaught of patients and lack of resources. My blogs from the experience are on HOPE's website here.
Collapsed buildings in Kathmandu after the earthquake on April 25th, 2015.
A pregnant woman waits to see a doctor at Israel's IDF Medical Corps Field Hospital.
Buddha's cracked eyes at the Swayambhunath Pagoda.
Nick working in the ICU of the Manmohan Memorial Hospital.
Ann carrying an amputee patient outside for some fresh air at the the IDF Field Hospital.
Sushila had a door collapse on her during the earthquake that severely damaged her right leg.
Dr. Webb assessing a new patient after the May 12th earthquake.
Forced to live outside of her broken home, this woman and her family have resorted to long-term camping on the grounds of a nearby temple complex.
Looking out on the Swayambhunath Pagoda from the roof of the shattered monastery.
An injured old woman arrives at the IDF Field Hospital by military helicopter.
A patient's older brother waits outside the operating room tent at the IDF Field Hospital. Inside, his 8-year-old brother's left leg is being amputated below the knee. That foot was crushed when his house collapsed around him during the earthquake. Doctors had done what they could to keep the remaining flesh viable but ultimately had to remove everything down to a clean stump.
This Israeli medical clown entertains and paints the fingernails of a girl paralyzed on the left half of her body by a head injury received during a landslide.
Jeremy talks with a father and daughter, both injured in Nepal's April 25th earthquake and still confined to neighboring hospital beds almost one month later. He and other Mental Health Specialists will be vital in the recovery of the country.
Russell assists the Nepali doctors in an orthopedic ER procedure.
Sama listens to Sushila's stories about the earthquake.
A father talks with his new daughter, born premature only days after the first earthquake.
Traversing the chaos of Kathmandu in what was most definitely an old cab.
The rebuilding process starts at the Swayambhunath Temple by sorting through piles of ancient rubble one brick at a time. Anything intact can be used in reconstructing this remarkable Buddhist hilltop complex.
Sorting through collapsed structures at the Swayambhunath Temple.
Tracking down Project HOPE's cargo of donated medical supplies and medicines at Kathmandu airport.
32 boxes of donated medications.
A truck ride with the HOPE donated medicines and medical supplies from the airport to Nepal's Ministry of Heath.
Sorting though the donations to find a few of those most depleated after the earthquake.
Patients and their families evacuated outside from the Manmohan Memorial Hospital after the May 12th earthquake.
Patients outside of the hospital after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12th.
A resident at the Hope Hermitage, a senior citizen's home and Alzheimer's dementia care facility. They've been actively collecting seniors left without families or homes after the earthquakes.
Documenting earthquake damage the old fashion way.
Burning incense at the Boudhanath Stupa
Selling vegetables in the ruins of Durbar Square.
Luckily the massive Boudhanath Stupa received only minor earthquake damage.
Refugees and IDPs
65 million people are displaced globally as refugees and Internationally Displaced Persons (IDPs). They are fleeing conflict, persecution, and other threats to their safety, forced to find new homes and establish new lives, often in situations not much better than where they're from. This spread of images includes my work with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Macedonia and IDPs in Ukraine, Colombia, and South Sudan.
A Syrian refugee ready to depart Greece waits with 4000 others who crossed the border that day. Gevgelija, Macedonia
Syrian refugees crossing the border out out of Greece. Gevgelija, Macedonia
A Syrian refugee waits with her family's possessions while paperwork is sorted allowing them to continue traveling north to Germany. Gevgelija, Macedonia
The Mukhtar of Kitteh has opened a school on his property for Syrian refugee children in the village. The skills they learn help these students test into the Jordanian school system. Jordan
Ahmad Shami leads the yellow team through a leadership and team building seminar during Project Amal ou Salam's workshop with Syrian refugee children in the Kitteh region. Jordan
These students learn the basics of journalism and television news reporting during Project Amal ou Salam's Career Day at their school in Kitteh. Jordan
Students participating in a Project Amal ou Salam photography workshop in the Al-Husn Camp, a large Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan that has taken in hundreds of Syrian refugee families. Jordan
Project Amal ou Salam students listen to a presentation about their Syrian homeland under a Jordanian flag at the Palestinian Al-Husn refugee camp outside of Irbid. Jordan
A Syrian refugee in temporary housing. Kitteh, Jordan
Cooking over an open fire at the Lulugo IPD Camp outside of Juba. South Sudan
Working on craft projects at the Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) orphanage in Juba. South Sudan
Preparing dinner among the tents at the Lulugo IPD Camp. Learn more about our student's work here during National Geographic's Photo Camp program in Juba. South Sudan
Bathing in the Nile River near the Lulugo IPD Camp. South Sudan
Nikita was forced from his home in Donetsk by the war in Eastern Ukraine and now lives with other IDPs in this squatter home in Kharkiv while trying to restart his schooling. Ukraine
Forced from her home in Eastern Ukraine, this woman and her family have been taken in by another family in Izyum until the fighting stops. Ukraine
Two residents of the Romashka Camp for IDP families outside of Kharkiv. Ukraine
The Romashka Camp has been built outside of Kharkiv to house IDP families forced to flee their homes. Learn about our National Geographic Photo Camp students here, each of them an IDP from Eastern Ukraine or Crimea. Ukraine
An IDP boy gives a tour of his temporary home in Izyum after being taken in by another family. Ukraine
A girl and her chicken at home in Altos de la Florida, a community of families living illegally on land outside of Bogota after fleeing drug violence and other warfare in their hometowns. Colombia
Construction of a new home on this hillsides of Altos de la Florida with a view of Soacha and Bogota below. Colombia
At home in Altos de la Florida. Learn about our student's photography here during this VisionWorkshops program. Colombia
The Tree of Love towers over the sports field in Altos de la Florida, the only flat, open area of the hillside community. Colombia
Walking home from the store in Altos de la Florida. Colombia
Doing chores at the CCC orphanage in Juba. South Sudan
The walk to the Nile River outside of the Lulugo IPD Camp. South Sudan
This mother and her son are sick and forced to sleep outside of their home in the Lulugo IPD Camp to hopefully keep the remainder of her family from becoming infected. South Sudan
This Syrian refugee shares his paperwork from Greece, no longer helpful, valid, or even in an language anyone understands now that he's passed out of the country. Gevgelija, Macedonia
One of our National Geographic Photo Camp students photographing the Roman ruins in Jarash. Read more about our work with Syrian refugee children here. Jordan
Learning about human anatomy during a Project Amal ou Salam workshop. Kitteh, Jordan
A Syrian refugee mother comes to support her children during a Project Amal ou Salam workshop in Irbid. Jordan
Ala'a leads the group in song at the closing of the Project Amal ou Salam workshop in Irbid. Jordan
Displayed here are flattened versions of 360 x 180 degree panoramas from various projects. All of these photospheres are available for interactive viewing on my other website (www.jonbrack360.com) including tours of inside the Space Shuttle, the ruins of Chernobyl, tombs of Petra, every public room at Elvis' Graceland, the isolated beaches of Pearl and Hermes Atoll, military ruins on Midway Atoll, various facilities at Kennedy Space Center and many others. Follow links below each panorama and then click on the picture to load an interactive full-screen viewer on both desktop computers and portable devices.
Space Shuttle Endeavour's Flight Deck at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands stretch to the west of Kauai in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Small blips of sand in the midst of the vast Northern Pacific Ocean, these islands and atolls provide nesting habitat for millions of sea birds, hundreds of sea turtles, and most of the 1,300 remaining critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. They're also located just south of the Pacific Trash Gyre, an area of open ocean with exceptionally high concentrations of marine debris. This debris washes ashore by the ton, tarnishing the otherwise pristine and protected beaches of these isolated islands. Access to the monument is restricted to scientific research only and I've been there on four occasions with NOAA/NMFS studying monk seals during field camp seasons on Laysan Island, Pearl and Hermes Atoll, and Midway Atoll. All photography shown here was taken under Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument permit #2012-001-L.
A critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps soundly on Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of only about 1,100 of the species remaining.
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are located due south of the Pacific Trash Gyre, an area of ocean approximately the size of Texas full of boyant human trash trapped by the ocean's currents. As a result, marine debris washes ashore on Laysan Island inclusive of bottles, buoys, fishing nets, shoes, light bulbs, refrigerator doors and anything else buoyant that ends up in the ocean.
Crystal clear waters at the northern end of Pearl and Hermes Atoll on a rare, calm morning.
A mother Green Sea Turtle returns to the ocean on Laysan Island after spending her night digging a pit nest up the beach and laying her eggs deep under a protective layer of sand.
These three-month old weaned Hawaiian Monk Seal pups on Laysan Island represent the fragile future of the species.
This White Tern chick on Laysan Island is only a few days old. As it grows older, the chick's brown down will be replaced by pure white feathers.
These Brown Boobies return to their nests at sunset after a day of searching for food at sea around Pearl and Hermes Atoll while their mate guarded the egg.
An adult male Hawaiian Monk Seal rests on the beach after spending the previous week traveling several hundred miles around Laysan Island and diving to over a thousand feet to feed on lobsters and eels.
A young Hawaiian Monk Seal plays with some marine debris that's washed ashore on Laysan Island. Any hoops, loops and nets are serious hazards because of the potential for entanglement.
A first touch of noses on Laysan Island between a Hawaiian Monk Seal mother and her pup, born only moments earlier.
A hungry Hawaiian Monk Seal pup on Laysan Island calling for a meal from its mother.
A Masked Booby with its chick on Little North Island, Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
Juvenile boobies use the broken US National Monument sign on Pearl and Hermes Atoll as a high perch to keep an eye on all of Southeast Island.
Noddy Terns enjoy a break from the nearly constant trade winds on Pearl and Hermes Atoll to perch (and poop on) every possible Monk Seal field camp surface.
A clear Milky Way over the Monk Seal field camp tents on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
Two adult male Hawaiian Monk Seals fight for beach dominance on Pearl and Hermes Atoll and the attention of a female seal that has already fled the scene.
A young Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps amongst the marine debris that covers much of Pearl and Hermes Atoll's shorelines. He's green in color because of algae that grows in his fur during weeks at sea feeding.
Clumps of fishing nets are major hazards to the marine environment of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. They damage coral after getting caught on reefs and provide dangerous entanglement potential to Hawaiian Monk Seals, Green Sea Turtles and various sea birds such as this juvenile Masked Booby.
An mess of fishing nets and other marine debris entangled on Pearl and Hermes Atoll's barrier reef.
Thousand of endangered Black-Footed Albatross chicks nest amongst the marine debris that plagues the Laysan Island.
A Laysan Albatross chick surrounded by the deceptively beautiful but tragically invasive Verbesina plant on Pearl and Hermes Atoll. It chokes out the native plants and can grown thick enough to prevent chicks like this from extending their wings and learning how to fly.
Albatross chicks use quick rain-showers on Pearl and Hermes Atoll to practice extending and flapping their enormous wings.
To get airborne after resting at sea, albatross run on the surface to gain speed. This fledgling Laysan Albatross chick is practicing that process in a calm tidal pool on Laysan Island before flying out to the much rougher Pacific Ocean.
Black-Footed Albatross nested amongst marine debris on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
This decomposing Laysan Albatross chick on Pearl and Hermes Atoll displays a stomach full of plastic that significantly contributed to its early death.
Two Green Sea Turtles rest together on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
A young Hawaiian Monk Seal sleeps half-submerged in the lagoon of Southeast Island on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
A Great Frigatebird with her chick on Laysan Island. Chicks don't fledge for 4-6 months and even then receive parental care for another year, the longest period for any bird.
Brown Boobies perch on the rusting bow of a shipwrecked Japanese fishing boat on the southern tip of Laysan Island.
Black-Footed Albatross chicks on Pearl and Hermes Atoll that are almost fully grown and ready to fledge.
An outsider's perspective of Haiti often involves only seeing ways in which the country isn't functioning well. International aid organizations talk about "saving" it, implying intentionally or otherwise that Haiti needs saved from itself. Many foreign visitors arrive with preconceived fears shaped by panicked stories of poverty, natural disasters and disease. On a macro level, Haiti has always had serious problems, but grassroots development is making steady gains in helping Haitians improve their quality of life. The negative preoccupation with identifying symbols of dysfunction must instead be refocused to see these situations as positive opportunities for growth by building on the hard work and success stories already happening every day and all over the country.
Fewer than 30% of Haitian children reach the 6th grade resulting in an overall literacy rate of about 53%. These students at Mont Fleury Elementary School outside of Jacmel were learning in a temporary structure while a more permanent school was under construction.
The walk home from school in Port Margot involves a river crossing.
Listening at an evening AKV community meeting in Mare Rouge.
A river of trash in Cap Haitian.
A neighborhood still in ruins surrounding the rebuilt Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, a project spearheaded by British architect John McAslan.
Harvesting beans for dinner from the family garden in Cahesse.
Pressing his father's shirts with a charcoal iron.
Welding the rear bumper back onto the truck after getting side-swiped by another vehicle outside of Limbe.
Rice and beans for dinner in Plaisance by kerosene lantern. Most of rural Haiti has no electricity.
Setting off to fish the mangroves near Caracol.
Preparing fields by hand in Mare Rouge for the upcoming wet season.
Haiti was almost two-thirds forested in 1923. By 2006, that total had dropped to less that 2% due to logging and charcoal production. This massive deforestation hurts agriculture by increases erosion and top soil loss.
Sasha Kramer, founder and director of SOIL, inspects compost made from human waste collected in community toilets around Port-au-Prince.
Children filling seedling bags with compost at the Pax Christi Ayiti Garden in the Citi Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. The sprouted fruit trees grown in them are used in their community garden or sold for profit.
USAID has spent millions of dollars building this new expanse of housing near Caracol in northern Haiti to help move people out of tent cities in Port-au-Prince. Locals are concerned that this new congestion of people in an area without jobs or land to grow food will soon transform it into another dangerous slum. For the time being the houses still sit empty.
June Levinsohn, founder of AyitiKonseVet (AKV), dancing before a community meeting begins outside of Port Margot.
In the midst of an AKV meeting in Mare Rouge focused on starting a community bank amongst their members and giving immunizations to their shared sheep.
A road in the mountains above Jacmel nearly erased by Hurricane Sandy and now only navigable by foot and motorbike.
School children in Port Margot.
An evening soccer match in Mare Rouge.
Playing with a stick and loop at dusk along a trail near Plaisance.
A mother bathing her child after sundown on the roof of their house in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.
A family reading their Bible together before bed.
Brewing the morning's coffee over an open fire in Mare Rouge.
SOIL employees building house toilets in Limonade that will survive flooding without rotting like the wood versions do.
Filling water jugs from public taps in Mare Roue to carry home for cooking and cleaning. Some is also treated with bleach to be safe for drinking.
An afternoon card game in Mare Rouge.
Night skies with no light pollution other than a few candles.
I've had the opportunity to work in Antarctica a combined total of three years spread over six seasonal contracts and at all three of the US research stations operated by the National Science Foundation. Most of these images are from the vicinity of Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula but I've also worked a summer at McMurdo and two summers and a winter at the South Pole building the new station there. Most of the images from that winter were shot on slide film that somehow didn't survive the extreme cold, as low as -102F.
A cloud-break in the Neumayer Channel.
Torgersen Island Adelie penguin rookery near Palmer Station.
A solo Adelie penguin near Cormorant Island.
An unhatched Adelie egg on Torgersen Island.
Growing Adelie chicks on Torgersen Island.
Palmer Station, the smallest of the US Antarctic Program's three research stations run by the National Science Foundation.
Palmer Station at sunset.
A small iceberg near Bonapart Point.
A huge iceberg near Biscoe Island.
The barely frozen ocean surface is often called "grease ice" because of it's oily appearance.
An eroded iceberg near Janus Island.
A fierce Leopard Seal sleeping peacefully on an ice flow near Stepping Stones Island.
Ice caves deep in the Erebus Glacier Tongue near McMurdo Station.
Sunset colors in Arthur Harbor.
Sunset over Mt. William on Anvers Island.
Antarctic Terns on a chunk of ice near Dead Seal Island.
Surfacing Humpback Whale near Torgersen Island.
A feeding Humpback Whale in Arthur Harbor.
An Elephant Seal laying near an Adelie Penguin colony on Torgersen Island.
Rare, mirrored waters in the Neumayer Channel.
Stranded ice on the shores of the Lemaire Channel.
A fridgid swim in Arthur Harbor.
Chinstrap Penguin yoga on Jacob's Island.
Gentoo Penguin rookery at Port Charcot.
Adelie Penguins marching to the water on Booth Island.
Abandoned whaling boat on Deception Island.
Gentoo Penguin on Amsler Island.
A Skua couple reuniting on Jacob's Island.
The Ceremonial Marker at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
Reflective waters of the Neumayer Channel.
with Project HOPE
Project HOPE is a non-profit organization "delivering health education, medicines, supplies and volunteers where needed" and has worked in more than 120 countries around the world since being founded in 1958. They're often one of the first NGOs to respond to natural disasters and frequently partner with the US military in those humanitarian efforts. HOPE also work with the US Navy and Air Force on capacity-building medical missions. I've volunteered with them on several occasions, blogging and photographing in Indonesia as part of Operation Pacific Angel with the US Air Force, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), in Haiti and the DR, in Indonesia and the Philippines during a board of director's delegation trip, and most recently in Nepal after their devistating earthquake.
Dr. Raj sews up a young girl's chin at Tapaz Hospital after she took a fall to her face at school. Philippines
First-time pregnant women learning about what to expect during childbirth. Philippines
Midwife Katherine shares an ultrasound image with a soon-to-be older brother. Philippines
Social Worker Liz learning about Tapaz Hospital's discharge and filing practices. Philippines
A clothing factory with a new clinic for their workers, 80% of whom are women. Indonesia
Employees of a clothing factory with a HOPE supported clinic. Indonesia
Dr. Joyce presenting to the mayor and city council of Subang. Indonesia
Dan, Seth and Dr. Chris review a new X-ray of a young girl's leg at Tapaz Hospital. Philippines
A young patient with her mother. Philippines
Boys play basketball outside of the Taslan outreach clinic. Philippines
Dr. Raj consults with a nurse about a prospective TB patient at the Tapaz Health Center. Philippines
Brachial plexus birth palsy treatment on a young patient. Haiti
At a Project HOPE funded physical therapy clinic in Carrefour. Haiti
Getting fitted for new and better crutches. Haiti
A baby gets their next series of shots at the Project HOPE funded clinic. Dominican Republic
A newborn exam in the rural Monte Plata clinic partially funded by Project HOPE. Dominican Republic
Sharon presenting at the Bupati Serang's residence. Indonesia
Dr. Joyce and Sharon sharing stories with the Bupati Serang after dinner at his residence. Indonesia
Dr. Chris reviewing the charts with Dr. Ron in the nursing station of Tapaz Hospital. Philippines
Dr. AK uses her ultrasound to investigate for TB symptoms in a patient. Philippines
Dr. Barry and Nurse Veronica check a young patient at the Malitbog outreach clinic. Philippines
Dr. Chris and Nurse Nick discuss the symptoms of their patient at the San Julian outreach clinic. Philippines
Alison processing a long queue of patients at the Candelaria outreach clinic. Philippines
Dr. Joyce having her blood pressure checked at a local community clinic. Indonesia
In for a checkup and vaccinations. Dominican Republic
Celebrating the opening of a temporary US Air Force health clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel outside of Pekanbaru. Indonesia
Being fitted with their first pair of glasses by an Air Force eye doctor. Indonesia
An Air Force dentist removing rotten teeth. Indonesia
The US Army's Sight, Sound and Smile team performing a cleft palate surgery as part of Operation Pacific Angel. Indonesia
The Lion Dance during ceremonies at the Subang city hall. Indonesia
The factory floor of a clothing factory. Indonesia
Two young patents at the field hospital. Indonesia
Space Shuttle Decommissioning
After the final space shuttle mission in July of 2011, I had the opportunity to shoot gigapixel panoramas of all three orbiters while they were in the decommissioning process at Kennedy Space Center. This two-year project also allowed me to follow each to their new homes in Los Angeles, Washington DC and at the KSC Visitor Complex. Check out the resulting panoramas in this interactive tour and on National Geographic's website.
Space Shuttle Atlantis with missing OMS Pods and engines in the VAB at Kennedy Space Center.
A Payload Bay view from the Mid-deck hatch window of Atlantis. The Airlock had already been removed.
Looking from the Commander's seat at Bill Powers fine-tuning the interior lighting of Space Shuttle Endeavour during one of the final times that the orbiter was powered up.
The SCA 747 with Space Shuttle Discovery landing at Dulles International Airport.
Discovery perched on the SCA at Dulles International Airport.
Discovery goes nose-to-nose with Enterprise, the Space Shuttle atmospheric test orbiter that never went to space. Discovery replaced Enterprise on Smithsonian display.
The NASA "Meatball" logo hand painted on the starboard side of Discovery near the aft entrance opening.
Silica tiles, thermal blanket and painted instructions on the exterior starboard side of Discovery's Crew Module.
Looking up into Endeavour's nose landing gear while parked in the VAB at Kennedy Space Center.
The aft-end of Atlantis where the three Main Engines attach.
The copper nozzle inside of an engine at the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility (SSMEPF) at Kennedy Space Center.
Burn scarring to the silica tiles on the nose of Atlantis resulting from her thirty-three missions to space and back.
The Flight Deck of Atlantis.
The powered-up central console and glass cockpit of Endeavour's Flight Deck.
Overhead controls in Endeavour's powered-up Flight Deck.
Jay Beason communicates over the radio from Endeavour's Flight Deck to employees in the Firing Room that help control the powered-up orbiter.
Endeavour's Ku-band antenna deployed from the Payload Bay.
Endeavour's overland journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center led through neighborhoods, over the 405 freeway and occasionally past liquor stores, adult video stores and fast food chains like these in Inglewood.
Atlantis followed by former Space Shuttle Program employees while rolling away from the VAB for her final time.
On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan became the planet's newest nation. After 23 years or war with the north, they voted themselves independent in January of that year and began preparing for their own country. A constitution was written but they struggled to balance the power between tribes more accustomed to conflict with each other. Infant mortality levels were among the highest on the planet and literacy rates the lowest. Infrastructure verged on non-existence, especially in the wet season when roads wash away and vast areas flood. The international community had rallied to assist after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, but building a stable country from scratch in the modern age will involve years of hard work even with that outside help. But after decades of war and the death of two million of their family members, this is a new challenge that the South Sudanese embrace with excitement and optimism. I traveled there in May of 2011 to document that transition.
Sunday church in Duk Payuel, Jonglei State.
Celebrating independence in Rumbek, Lakes State.
A blacksmith in Rumbek.
Finishing construction on the roof of a barn in Duk Payuel.
Sunset over Duk Payuel.
One of many borehole water pumps in Jonglei State donated and drilled by Total Petroleum to make clean water accessible in rural areas.
Waiting at the Duk Payuel clinic with her malnourished 8-month old daughter.
Celebrating World Malaria Day in the capital city of Juba.
Pounding sorghum for dinner in Duk Payuel.
Making a spear blade from junk metal at the blacksmith market in Rumbek.
Butchering a cow in the Rumbek city market.
Carrying water home from a public tap in Duk Payuel.
In the dry season, little grows in the area around Duk Payuel and cattle have to be moved closer to the Nile where there is still green grass to graze on.
A typical highway in South Sudan, a country with only about dozen total miles of paved roads.
The fortified United Nations compound in Rumbek.
Flanked by her older sisters who have already dropped out of school in Rumbek, this girl has little chance of getting an education above grade two or gaining any literacy.
An Italian organization, CEFA, focuses their efforts on agricultural training for returned refugees through establishing community gardens at schools. These girls outside of Rumbek are spreading seeds to sprout before transplanting.
A group of young men and women cleaning up the areas of Juba planned for independence celebrations in July.
Malteser International helps feed workers building traditional tukul homes for 70 leper families settled together in this new village outside of Rumbek.
At this school in Duk Payuel, four teachers instruct over 700 students. Nationwide, fewer than 5% of students complete primary school and South Sudan maintains the lowest literacy rate on the planet.
Reading at church in Duk Payuel from a Bible translated into the Dinka language.
The newest addition to their cattle camp herd outside of Rumbek.
Moving his herd through central Rumbek.
A woman at the Duk Payuel clinic with traditional tribal scarification, one of over 200 portraits captured during my month in South Sudan.
An older man in the Rumbek market.
A mother and her new baby at the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in Duk Payuel.
A man in Rumbek with traditional tribal scarification.
A girl in her cattle camp outside of Rumbek.
Washington DC / USA
President Obama boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Washington, DC.
Marine One departing the South Lawn of the White House with President Obama as seen from the top of the Washington Memorial in Washington, DC.
View from the WWII Memorial at sunrise in Washington, DC.
Cherry Blossoms at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.
Skateboarding at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, during their Finding a Line festival in September, 2015.
Skateboarding at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, during their Finding a Line festival in September, 2015.
Skateboarding at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, during their Finding a Line festival in September, 2015.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Second String Band at Solly's on U St in Washington, DC.
Second String Band at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.
Jason takes a solo during a Second String Band concert at The Mansion at Strathmore outside of Washington, DC.
Fall colors along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
The MAVEN satellite on its Atlas V rocket ready for liftoff from Cape Canaveral to Mars the following day.
MAVEN with deployed solar arrays for the final time in a Kennedy Space Center cleanroom before being loaded onto a rocket its launch to Mars.
Korean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.
President Obama's second Inaugural Ball at the Washington, DC Convention Center.
President Obama laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veteran's Day. Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
President Obama making a speech on Veteran's Day after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.
Pumpkin Fest in Keene, New Hampshire.
Orbital's first Antares resupply launch to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Faciity in coastal Virginia.
Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.
Pre-dawn at the Reflecting Pool along the Mall in Washington, DC.
The Rano Raraku quarry where all moai were carved before being moved to locations around Easter Island. Many still remain at the quarry planted half-buried but standing upright. Chile
Ahu Tongariki along the coastline of Easter Island. Chile
A fresh coat of whitewash in the mountain town of Barichara. Colombia
Tennessee Primary School's Annual Cultural Day on Christmas Island. Kiribati
Near Banana village on Christmas Island in an area previously used as a US and British military dump during nuclear testing on the atoll. Kiribati
I.M. Pei's pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. France
Eiffel's Tower in Paris. France
Behind Notre Dame's alter looking up at the Mother Mary. France
Guaitil potter at his wheel. Costa Rica
Paul removes the hook from a fresh catch off of Baja. Mexico
The first clear sunset after dodging Hurricane Hilary north of Zihuatanejo. Mexico
The marks of over a million ships that have transited the Panama Canal in its nearly one-hundred years of existence. Pamana
Just beyond the Culebra Cut in Lake Gatun while transiting the Panama Canal from west to east. Panama
Dubrovnik's Placa at night. Croatia
Red-tiled roofs over Dubrovnik. Croatia
The French Valley of Torres del Paine National Park decorated with fall colors. Chile
Rio Ascencio in Torres del Paine National Park. Chile
El Purutal in the San Agustin archeological site. Colombia
Boating back from Drua Drua Island. Fiji
Calle 17 in Mompos. Colombia
Taj Mahal visitors in Agra. India
Grandmother with her family at the Taj Mahal. India
ATV-003, the Edoardo Amaldi, launching from the jungles of the Guiana Space Centre for the International Space Station. French Guiana
The Dubai Fountain puts on a show at sunset below the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest man-made structure in the world. United Arab Emirates
A seven-star luxury hotel, the Burj Al Arab, stands shaped like a sail just offshore in Dubai on its own island in the Persian Gulf. United Arab Emirates
Parliament Square at Trinity College in Dublin. Ireland
The Long Room of Trinity College's Old Library. Ireland
London village is the main relocation destination on Christmas Island for government transplants from Tarawa, the overcrowded and polluted capital of Kiribati. These 5000 residents have few opportunities for employment, almost no access to freshwater and because the government has retained ownership of the land, little ability to lease land. It's still considered an improvement from Tarawa and people seem mostly happy and content in this faraway place. Kiribati
Annual Cultural Day dancing at Christmas Island's Junior Secondary School. Kiribati
A Strawberry Hermit Crab making its way across coral on the atoll so eroded and sun-baked that it seemed almost like natural pavement. Kiribati
Emerging from the Siq canyon in the footsteps of Indiana Jones at the ancient city of Petra. Jordan
Camels waiting by the Treasury for passengers. Jordan
Petra's Street of Facades. Jordan
High above Wadi Rum. Jordan
Mushroom Rock in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Wadi Rum transportation. Jordan
Below Ain Abu Aineh (Lawrence Spring) in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Bedouin guides in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Hidden petroglyphs in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Spring flowers in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Canyon opening in Wadi Rum. Jordan
Construction near Chernobyl's Reactor #4 to eventually contain the radioactive debris from their 1986 disaster. Ukraine
A Ferris Wheel stands abandoned on the far end of Pripyat's Amusement Park, unused since the Chernobyl disaster just a few miles away. Ukraine
An animal's skeleton in the ruins of the unfinished cooling tower of Chernobyl's Reactor #5. Ukraine
Cranes still standing above the incomplete Reactor #5 after construction was halted in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. Ukraine
Broken bumper cars in Pripyat's Amusement Park near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Ukraine
View from the top of Chernobyl's unfinished Reactor #5 looking back at #1 through #4 and the new containment devise under construction to finally seal off the radiation from the 1986 disaster. Ukraine