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Lake TanganyikaUvira, Democratic Republic of Congo7/20/2014 - 8:36 am 
Residents of Uvira bathing in Lake Tanganyika on a Sunday Morning. We couldn’t see where the lake and the sky met. They were one in the dusty gray color of a hazy sunrise. 
Lake Tanganyika is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and estimated to be the second deepest. Uvira is near the northernmost reach of the lake. 

Lake Tanganyika
Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo
7/20/2014 - 8:36 am 

Residents of Uvira bathing in Lake Tanganyika on a Sunday Morning. We couldn’t see where the lake and the sky met. They were one in the dusty gray color of a hazy sunrise. 

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and estimated to be the second deepest. Uvira is near the northernmost reach of the lake. 

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Hariza Kidoge stands hidden among bouquets of local plants, his peers and a growing crowd on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. He and five other orphans were baptized in the early morning by their faith leaders.
 Baptism, a Christian sacrament that publicly declares one’s Christian faith, is performed by dunking the baptized into a body of water and pulled out again as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the dead into a new life. Faith is an integral part of the orphans life and a milestone to their upbringing and education of morality.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Hariza Kidoge stands hidden among bouquets of local plants, his peers and a growing crowd on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. He and five other orphans were baptized in the early morning by their faith leaders.

Baptism, a Christian sacrament that publicly declares one’s Christian faith, is performed by dunking the baptized into a body of water and pulled out again as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the dead into a new life. Faith is an integral part of the orphans life and a milestone to their upbringing and education of morality.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Local children run from the dining hall window after being playfully spied from the inside by the orphans. Family of the orphanage staff are allowed to spend time on the premises but do not always enjoy the services that the orphans receive. The new primary school opened on the grounds hopes to serve many of the children in the community with education. 

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Local children run from the dining hall window after being playfully spied from the inside by the orphans. Family of the orphanage staff are allowed to spend time on the premises but do not always enjoy the services that the orphans receive. The new primary school opened on the grounds hopes to serve many of the children in the community with education. 

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
A bull was slaughtered for the dedication ceremonies of the orphanage’s new school, which is offering primary classes for the surrounding community. The bull was butchered by 5 men (some boys) with small knives and machetes. The whole process took an hour.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

A bull was slaughtered for the dedication ceremonies of the orphanage’s new school, which is offering primary classes for the surrounding community. The bull was butchered by 5 men (some boys) with small knives and machetes. The whole process took an hour.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Noe Mazamani works on his rubik’s cube in the evening breeze on the hilltop above the orphanage. Noe was told at a young age that he was cursed by witchcraft since his legs were becoming deformed. He later was found to suffer from polio. He is unable to participate in several activities with the rest of the orphans, such as futbal or dancing routines. He has become incredible at games involving his hands and can get around on his wooden crutches in most commutes. He makes his way down the mountain to school five days a week, forty-five minutes each way. 
He’s been an incredible inspiration to me.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Noe Mazamani works on his rubik’s cube in the evening breeze on the hilltop above the orphanage. Noe was told at a young age that he was cursed by witchcraft since his legs were becoming deformed. He later was found to suffer from polio. He is unable to participate in several activities with the rest of the orphans, such as futbal or dancing routines. He has become incredible at games involving his hands and can get around on his wooden crutches in most commutes. He makes his way down the mountain to school five days a week, forty-five minutes each way.

He’s been an incredible inspiration to me.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Heritier Issac (17 y.o.), one of the resident orphans, stands in the boys bedroom displaying the fruits of his sketching skills, practiced by interpreting images from magazines.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Heritier Issac (17 y.o.), one of the resident orphans, stands in the boys bedroom displaying the fruits of his sketching skills, practiced by interpreting images from magazines.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Extra workers from the town are brought up to help the orphanage with tilling and planting lenga-lenga on the hillside above the campus buildings. The spinach-like greens is a daily part of the kids diet. Workers till, wet and transplant nursery grown seedlings of lenga-lenga before the heat of the day.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Extra workers from the town are brought up to help the orphanage with tilling and planting lenga-lenga on the hillside above the campus buildings. The spinach-like greens is a daily part of the kids diet. Workers till, wet and transplant nursery grown seedlings of lenga-lenga before the heat of the day.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
The Mamas in the kitchen early in the am discussing strategy for moving large pots of beans. The Mamas begin the prep at 6am and finish lunch around noon, then they roll straight into dinner preparations finishing up at 6pm. Hard and hot work.

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

The Mamas in the kitchen early in the am discussing strategy for moving large pots of beans. The Mamas begin the prep at 6am and finish lunch around noon, then they roll straight into dinner preparations finishing up at 6pm. Hard and hot work.

DR Congo: Daily EditImages originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)
Sunday church services at Congo for Christ Missionaries Church in Uvira, DRC. The picture does not do justice to the energy in the room. 

DR Congo: Daily Edit
Images originally posted to instagram from the field (7/11/14 thru 7/24/14)

Sunday church services at Congo for Christ Missionaries Church in Uvira, DRC. The picture does not do justice to the energy in the room. 

From the Archive:A boy and his eclectically handmade soccer-ballNear Bungoma, KenyaJune 2012
Returning to Africa
Natty and I are headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo tomorrow morning. I’ll be on assignment with aoneeight, exploring what the reality, the challenge, the joy and the sacrifice is to support a school and orphanage in the DRC. Natalie will be teaching english as well as preforming dental screenings on the kids and staff at the orphanage/school we are working with.
We are muy excited and we are hoping that we can post images to Instagram from the field. If not, we will see you in a couple weeks.
Thank you all for your support, especially those who gave and keep us in their thoughts while we are away. 

From the Archive:
A boy and his eclectically handmade soccer-ball
Near Bungoma, Kenya
June 2012

Returning to Africa

Natty and I are headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo tomorrow morning. I’ll be on assignment with aoneeight, exploring what the reality, the challenge, the joy and the sacrifice is to support a school and orphanage in the DRC. Natalie will be teaching english as well as preforming dental screenings on the kids and staff at the orphanage/school we are working with.

We are muy excited and we are hoping that we can post images to Instagram from the field. If not, we will see you in a couple weeks.

Thank you all for your support, especially those who gave and keep us in their thoughts while we are away. 

All That I Have MetA series that salutes the people who have deposited themselves in me, because we are a collection of everyone we encounter. The series will highlight a range from close friends and family to strangers and roadside encounters.

"And drunk delight of battle with my peers,Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.I am a part of all that I have met;Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fadesFor ever and forever when I move.”     Excerpt from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Maximus. My Nephew. A boy who reminds me that I am still a boy, despite my yearly fretting. He reminds me that the characteristics of a child are not necessarily childish. Watching Max grow has unceasingly pushed me to be brave, to be curious, and to not fear boarding that imaginary space-rocket blasting off into the cosmic-unknown. 

All That I Have Met

A series that salutes the people who have deposited themselves in me, because we are a collection of everyone we encounter. The series will highlight a range from close friends and family to strangers and roadside encounters.

"And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.”
     Excerpt from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Maximus. My Nephew. A boy who reminds me that I am still a boy, despite my yearly fretting. He reminds me that the characteristics of a child are not necessarily childish. Watching Max grow has unceasingly pushed me to be brave, to be curious, and to not fear boarding that imaginary space-rocket blasting off into the cosmic-unknown. 

Eastern MarketWashington, D.C.4/5/2014 - 1:22 PM

Eastern Market
Washington, D.C.
4/5/2014 - 1:22 PM

Jerry + Janelle

My sister-in-law (Natty’s sister) and brother in-law celebrate their 1 year marriage anniversary today. I’ve put up a more candid edit of their engagement shoot from 2013, including quiet moments and quirky frames - basically my favorites. 

Congrats Ronquillo’s and we love y’all!

Alan in the YMCA alleyway at 17th NW and St. Matthews CT NW. 
The late afternoon lighting was impeccable, natural and with reflective streaks all over the place. 

Alan in the YMCA alleyway at 17th NW and St. Matthews CT NW. 

The late afternoon lighting was impeccable, natural and with reflective streaks all over the place. 

All That I Have MetA series that salutes the people who have deposited themselves in me, because we are a collection of everyone we encounter. The series will highlight a range from close friends and family to strangers and roadside encounters.    


"And drunk delight of battle with my peers,Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.I am a part of all that I have met;Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fadesFor ever and forever when I move.”     Excerpt from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Dad. 

Someone who has had the most influence in my life. He has spent countless days with me, more than just about anyone else. We also look alike. My dad has taught me how to be quirky, street-smart, a lover of time-travel, black holes, and how to make something of ourselves by overcoming challenges. He gave us opportunities thru his sacrifices and consistently supports us.

 
Side story: This image features my dad holding an antique porcelain sailboat lamp and an antique Polaroid picture. Last year he bought the pictured lamp in New Braunfels, Texas because it reminded him of the one he had as a kid growing up in east Texas. The lamp was sold during one of his childhood moves. 
When my dad returned from the antique store, lamp in hand, he dug through old photos and excavated a Polaroid of him from the early 60’s standing next to his childhood sailboat lamp. The purchased lamp was identical. 
He inspected the purchased lamp with greater diligence and a keener eye. With the lamp flipped over, flashing light in the hollowed interior of porcelain, he found the owner’s name “Rutherford” written with sharpie handwriting. 50 years and 200 miles later the lamp found its home again. 
 
Shot on Medium Format 120 film with a Holga 120N. 
All That I Have Met

A series that salutes the people who have deposited themselves in me, because we are a collection of everyone we encounter. The series will highlight a range from close friends and family to strangers and roadside encounters.
    
"And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.”
     Excerpt from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Dad. 

Someone who has had the most influence in my life. He has spent countless days with me, more than just about anyone else. We also look alike. My dad has taught me how to be quirky, street-smart, a lover of time-travel, black holes, and how to make something of ourselves by overcoming challenges. He gave us opportunities thru his sacrifices and consistently supports us.
 
Side story: This image features my dad holding an antique porcelain sailboat lamp and an antique Polaroid picture. Last year he bought the pictured lamp in New Braunfels, Texas because it reminded him of the one he had as a kid growing up in east Texas. The lamp was sold during one of his childhood moves.
When my dad returned from the antique store, lamp in hand, he dug through old photos and excavated a Polaroid of him from the early 60’s standing next to his childhood sailboat lamp. The purchased lamp was identical.
He inspected the purchased lamp with greater diligence and a keener eye. With the lamp flipped over, flashing light in the hollowed interior of porcelain, he found the owner’s name “Rutherford” written with sharpie handwriting. 50 years and 200 miles later the lamp found its home again. 
 
Shot on Medium Format 120 film with a Holga 120N.