Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Elsa's: A family endeavor

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Wilma's mom opened Elsa's Place on the wind-swept side of tiny Little Corn Island years ago. Tourists from all over stay here, staying in simple wooden cabins facing the Atlantic. It's one of the less expensive beach…

Everything is new

Coconut bread. You must eat it. I walked toward the barrio and made a left in it, but saw nothing. Asked some kids. It's right there, they said. I saw nothing. Just dark, a closed reggae bar and a teen girl making out with a teen guy in a rocker…

the school opening in Las Minitas

Lecture April 20: The power of everyday people

On April 20, in honor of Earth Week Activism Day, I will be speaking about the school we built my Friends Project grassroots effort and the ability we all have to make an impact. Join us at the State University of New York, Bailey 203, starting at 2…

Breaking news: High school scholarships underway

Thanks to a generous contribution, our four teens in Las Minitas, Nicaragua, are finishing their high school educations ... Each of the four students will receive a $35 scholarship — enough to cover supplies and books needed to attend. The families…

members of Cora dance jump off a wall

Life in Red Hook: Take matters into your own hands

Today I photographed a six-block radius of the industrial area of Red Hook, Brooklyn, for an assignment. There was not much planned, and not a lot of pedestrians, but we wanted to show the spirit of the place. So I took matters into my own hands.…

Kirkujefell, Iceland, at dusk

Dusk at Kirkujefell, Iceland

Kirkujefell, Iceland, as night takes over, and the first stars sparkle. It was snowing and windy, and cloudy, just a few minutes before this was taken. We waited. Weather can change so quickly in Iceland. We had a good half hour of clear sky, and…

Dancing light: Northern Iceland

Somewhere south of the northern-most city in Iceland, Myvarten lake takes visitors past small farms, rock formations and the famous Dimmu Borgir. The Dimmu Borgir are unusually shaped ancient lava fields that remind people of the ruins of an ancient…

People of Iceland: Ragna

Meet Ragna, who was selling potatoes at the market in Reykjavik. She solved the mystery of the individual street signs by each house... Not the family name but the land parcel. If it was divided, then there's I and ll or even lll. She asked me: tel…