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

Riding the history train

There used to be a train that ran through El Sauce, Nicaragua. During the civil war, it stopped running and after a time people took up the track to sell for money. The train was sold to Japan. Now, the former track is a dirt trail that runs from…

Lights out

Electric has been out all day in El Sauce. Dinner by candlelight.…

Everything's new

Little Corn Island, Nicragaua: 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 makin…

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.…