Good luck to Malala Yousafzai

I was fortunate enough last week, not only to photograph, but to be able to listen to the words of an amazing young woman who seems to have more wisdom in her at 16 years of age than I could hope to achieve in a lifetime. About a year ago, a taliban boarded Malala Yousafzai’s school bus and shot her in the head for having the audacity to seek an education. Miraculously, she recovered, and has become a leading advocate for education rights of women in Pakistan and the world. Malala is a leading candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize being announced tomorrow. Good luck to her not only in that, but more importantly in her continued fight for women’s education rights across the globe. Such an inspiring young woman. (Craig Warga for Insider Images and the UN Foundation)

Nobel Peace Prize Candidate Malala Yousafzai at 92nd Street Y for the UN Foundations Social Good Summit.

Inside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory

I was lucky to be able to shoot in the legendary Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria last week. A place where some of the finest musical instruments in the world are made. I didn’t know exactly what to expect going into it, but it definitely wasn’t what I got. I think I just assumed that I would be walking into a massive, modern factory with tons of machinery and automation, something akin to a car assembly line… just substitute pianos. Instead what I saw was probably not all that much different than how they built pianos 100 years ago. Walking in and seeing all the handwork and craftsmanship that goes into each and every piano was truly beautiful. I really didn’t think anything was built this way anymore. The collection of craftsmen, talent, and old and new woodworking knowledge was a true delight to behold.Inside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, QueensInside the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Astoria, Queens

Apple Harvest at The Stone Ridge Orchard

I love and look forward to this time of year every year. The weather cooling… Fall slowly starting to come in… and apple picking! I’ve long made it a point to go apple picking every season, this year I got to shoot it for the first time. What a great day. Thanks to Elisabeth Ryan and the folks at Stone Ridge Orchard for a memorable experience.

Japan 2013

Every year my family and I pack up for a trip to Tokyo. My wife was born and raised there and her entire family still lives there. It’s definitely become more routine over the years… but I never tire of it. My family there is fantastic and I’ve grown to love the country like a second home. …and the food! I don’t need to say much more about that, do I?

The one thing I never will enjoy is the practically weeklong jetlag I deal with every time. Out of all the traveling I’ve done, I think Japan has the worst jetlag. It’s 13 hours different, literally the exact opposite schedule of home. I find myself wandering around in a daze for the first 4 or so days I’m there every time. This trip I decided to try and make use of my dazed, early rising state and set out to try and make a surreal set of pictures of urban Tokyo life. Some of the little scenes I see when wandering around because nobody else in the house is awake  yet.

See you in 2014 Tokyo, I miss you already.