I have been derelict in my blogging. Since my Namibia trip in May of 2009 I have spent a few months photographing kids a few countries both east and west. I have shot some nice weddings in beautiful parts of Canada.
So, after 15 yrs of putting it off, I finally visited Bangladesh during January and February 2010. With the highest population density in the world, it is a perfect place for a people photographer. 160,000,000 people living on a flood plain the size of Iowa, each making a $1/day.
Bangladeshis are the warmest people I've ever met. With basically zero tourists, they want everyone to leave with a positive impression of their beautiful country.
I shot a number of projects for international aid organizations in Bangladesh. For Helen Keller International I worked with the ethnic minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. A nasty conflict between these hill people and Bengali settlers exploded a couple of days after I left and some of the villages have been burnt down.
Family Health International needed images of people at risk of HIV/AIDS, as well as the services available to them. So I photographed hijras and female sex workers in Dhaka. We also spent time with intravenous drug users (IDUs). Being a destitute junkie in the alleys of Old Dhaka for 25 years is a hardship I cannot imagine.
For CARE Int'l I visited a number of projects in the north. CARE has a massive presence through their partnerships with local NGOs.
And for Save the Children (USA) I photographed rural rudimentary schools in the north and haor regions.
A few of my favs below, a larger gallery can be found here.