Thursday, February 28, 2008

returning home

I was privileged to cover the coming home celebration of some New Mexico troops from Iraq on Tuesday. I was nervous and overwhelmed when the troops got off the buses carrying them from El Paso, Texas. Right away there was a family that caught my eye and stuck by them for a few minutes . The scene played out before me. Mr. Dodson was returning home and to his family after six months of duty in Iraq. Here he holds his daughter while his mother runs to greet him. The event took place at the Rio Rancho Armory.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Last run

A driver walks to his truck carrying copies of the last edition of the Albuquerque Tribune for delivery.

The End

The Albuquerque Tribune which was Albuquerque's afternoon paper published its last edition on Saturday February 23, 2008.
I had friends over there who were very helpful in my young career, especially the entire photo staff. I'll miss them and wish them
the best in the future. They were a total class act. This photo shows Editor Phil Casaus on the left raising a toast just before the presses started to run for the last time. The gentleman pictured in the middle is Rick Hindley(cq) who had been at the paper for more than 40 years.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Where are you shaminder?

This is Shaminder Dulai

This past weekend, Shaminder Dulai, perhaps the last intern at the Albuquerque Journal left after six months of work. We hit it off
right from the beginning because we had a lot in common when it came to discussing photographers, movies, multimedia, cameras, etc. The guy is brilliant and up to date with all the latest technology. He in fact, helped make this blog. Unfortunately, it all came to an end but not before he showed great flashes of brilliance through his camera. I'll miss Shaminder.

It had to happen

After graduating from college I started to travel back to El Salvador in Central America. I don't know if I did it to avoid getting
a job as a photojournalist and compete with the rest or treat it as an error and trial period. The following image is from this
period where even if technically I wasn't all there, I was started to see for the first time. The Image was taken with a Yashica medium format camera. The bananas were photographed near a coffee plantation on the slopes of the San Vincente Volcano in Central region of El Salvador. This was the trip when it happened for me, when I got the courage to be a photojournalist.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


This is Rocky. Up until one month ago he lived with my mother in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He's a strong dog so I decided
to fly him to live with me in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here he is holding his favorite toy, a stuffed postman.

My backyard UFO

I walked out to let Rocky my dog out to pee and there it was, disguised as a cloud over the Sandia Mountains on Tuesday Feb12, 2008.