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Hopefuls

A few days ago I was out for a swim at my favorite swim beach with my girlfriend. The sky was grey, windy, pretty cold and it was threatening to rain. Aside from the two lifeguards obligated to stay until the first raindrops, we were the only ones there… or so we thought.

Enter Ainsley, steamrolling through the water in full butterfly stroke straight toward us carving through the significant chop like butter.After wiping looks of awe off of our faces we found her mom and introduced ourselves. We would meet the next morning to capture some images of this determined athlete at the same beach.

Ainsley was training for state competitions back in Colorado while here on summer break with her family. Her youth, just 12 years old, mixed with her natural born athleticism were so inspiring. As I prep for the Olympics and get ready to head to Rio, it is this hopeful, determined and optimistic energy I look forward to most.

Ainsley, maybe we’ll see you at the next one… I don’t doubt that we will!

Click through the gallery above to view more images and be sure to follow me on instagram during the RIO Olympics. @afrotographer

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First Light 2016

2016_First_Light_FinalI welcomed in the new year in El Paso, Texas this year.  From this location you can see not only Texas, but New Mexico and Juarez, Mexico.

My thoughts traveled to the countries that I have visited and the “such a small world” feeling that consistently pervades interactions and events. At the same time, we have politicians who wish to build walls to keep out some of our neighbors.  Looking out from this scenic overlook, it is hard to locate the exact lines which mark the borders and “ours” from “theirs.”  The desert on one side looks the same as the desert on the other…as do the plants, insects, and birds.  While there might be differences among the people on Earth, approach the new year with the knowledge that we are all in this together.

For the past 9 years, I’ve shot the sunrise on Jan. 1 as a way to welcome the new year.

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American Photography 31

I’m excited to say that 2 of my images from the Sochi Olympics were selected to be printed in the American Photography 31 Annual Book!  The award party was held in NY last week, and it was a special experience to see the first copies of the book and see all of the images displayed on the walls of the Angel Orensanz Foundation…. not to mention, it was a great party! To have my images included with such a talented group of photographers pretty much made my day.  Thanks to all of the judges and to American Photography.

Looking Up, Looking Down Under the Aerials Jump.  Looking up, Looking down.  Sochi ©2014 IOC/Jason Evans

Opening Ceremony - Bolshoi Ballet - SochiOpening Ceremony Sochi Olympics.  Bolshoi Ballet. ©2014 IOC/Jason Evans