I backpacked from London to Istanbul and photographed over 600 strangers.
While planning my trip, I remember worrying that I wouldn’t have anything in common with the people I encountered overseas. We were separated by nationality, race, religion, creed, tradition, culture and language, and I worried that these barriers would be insurmountable.
The camera became a tool, or an excuse, to explore these barriers, and I soon realized, as I met and talked with strangers, that we had everything in common. They were woven as threads, with me, into the complex, ever-strecthing fabric of the human family.
These images, for me, are an affirmation of our interconnectedness.
Here are 19 of 634.
H A N D S #11. Van Dyke Print, Bleached. 2013
H A N D S #18. Cyanotype, Tea-stained (Earl Grey), Bleached. 2013
But you do not see, nor do you hear, and it is well.
The veil that clouds your eyes shall be lifted by the hands that wove it,
And the clay that fills your ears shall be pierced by those fingers that kneaded it.
And you shall see
And you shall hear.
Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf.
For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things,
And you shall bless darkness as you would bless light.
— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet