Friday, August 29, 2008

On to Bhutan!

What a roller coaster ride 2008 has been so far. Tewfic El-Sawy,, announced that he would be traveling back to Bhutan in October, 2008. Having traveled with Tewfic to Bhutan in 2006, I immediately signed up for the trip but was worried because work in 2008 was supposed to be very hectic from June until the end of September.

The work kept getting delayed and after a great deal of thought, I notified Tewfic that I would have to cancel. Two days later, the work was delayed yet another time and I received authorization to go to Bhutan this year! The scramble was on. Tewfic was able to re-instate my reservations and I have secured airfare at the last minute.

And now, as with any trip, the lists start!

- Clothing
- Equipment
- Luggage
- Trip insurance

And many more hikes with a full load of camera gear.

This will be my fourth trip with Tewfic and my photography experience grows with each trip I take with him. Several photographers from our earlier trips to Cambodia, Bhutan, and Bali will be traveling again and it will be good to see old friends.

The countdown clock is ticking! 30 days to liftoff. This trip will see me flying from Chicago to Shanghai and then to Bangkok for a few days. From Thailand to India to Bhutan. The approach is magnificent as you wind through the mountains to the only location in the entire country that has a flat enough parcel of land to construct an airport.

I can't wait to see old friends and make new ones.

On to Bhutan!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wheelchair Racers

I had the fortune to shoot the Chicago Marathon in 2006 and 2007 at the FrontRunners water table location. It is always an enjoyable shoot but the weather can be quite unpredictable in October. In 2006 it was snowing when we arrived. In 2007, the race was halted due to the extreme heat.

There is a group of marathoners that always impresses me. They are the wheelchair racers. The dedication shown by these athletes is an inspiration to me and I always enjoy photographing them. One athlete in particular, Joshua George, was recently featured in a New York Times article entitled A Blur of Hands, Spokes and Determination written by Alan Schwarz.

The article highlights George who will be participating in the 2008 Paralympic Games to be held in Beijing two weeks after the Olympics. I have been fortunate to photograph George and other wheelchair racers at the Chicago Marathon. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them.