Last fall I had the opportunity to reconnect with Roderick, an old friend who was just a little kid when I saw him over ten years ago, and go to Mile Rock Beach in San Francisco for a photo shoot.
In the Fong family we value experiences and adventure, and we seek out ways to live out, and instill in our children, those values. In a culture often consumed with materialism and consumerism, we try to live differently. One way we attempt to do that is by going on family adventures that allow us to experience the world, other cultures, and and other communities.
Nine years ago, while living in Bangkok, I was invited by a few of my students (I was an English teacher) to celebrate Loy Krathong at a special dinner event by the Chao Phraya river. Enjoying good food and entertainment, I received my first introduction to the Thai holiday celebrating the rise of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. This year, from November 16-18, I learned that Chiang Mai does its Loy Krathong celebration in a much more elaborate and raucous fashion.
I am in the process of exploring new ways to share my work with a larger audience, and I figured posting a monthly wallpaper would be a fun way to do that. So, I present to you my inaugural wallpaper for October, 2011.
I'll share the story behind the image after the jump.
This morning we traveled about an hour east of Trujillo to the Andean city of Otuzco, home of the Virgen de la Puerta (Virgin of the Door). Our purpose was not to visit the Virgin, but rather to visit the poor living on the outskirts of the city.
We have completed day three in Trujillo, Peru, having traveled to a number of impoverished communities in order to tell the stories of the people who live there. While the people live in difficult circumstances, I've been so impacted by their kindness, generosity, and beauty that shines so brightly in their bleak environment.
It has been over two weeks since I returned from Haiti, and with a long recovery from the sickness that I developed while in Haiti, along with moving to our new home, and in the past few days preparing for a trip to Peru, only recently have I had the time and energy to sit down and reflect on my trip.