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Traveling Through Space + Time

Wow. 2014. I'm not sure just how it happened, but the year seemed to vanish with tremendous speed. I've been thinking about my goals for 2015 - where I want to go, what I would like to shoot, and in what context. My desire to combine art and humanitarian efforts needs to be fulfilled. There's a lot in the works that I'm really excited about. 

I took some time this morning to reflect on my past travels, before I had a "real" camera, and was too embarrassed to be seen with one for fear of looking like a tourist. If I could go back and tell  my younger self to calm down and stop trying to be so forcibly casual about things I actually wanted to take seriously, I would have started documenting the moments I experienced and people I met with a lot more clarity and focus. Lesson learned. The memories for me still remain strong, and I have plenty of places to return to and work closer with. These photos were all taken between 2008-2010. A lot can happen in such short periods of time. "The moment" can feel like forever when you're in the center of it, but always in retrospect the truth is made plain. There is an infinite span of time in a single second, if you take the time to tell the story of it. This is, in short, my greatest goal for 2015 and the years to follow. 

I look forward to it all. 

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International Princess Project

Whenever possible, I like to shed some light on companies that are doing positive things for the world. It's entirely possible to combine humanitarian efforts through stylish, modern, and artistic outlets. The International Princess Project is one of those companies. What they aim to accomplish is freedom and confidence amongst women who have escaped the sex trade in India. Most of these girls and women have never been given the opportunity to feel like real human beings, and have suffered unimaginable abuses. The purchase of the Princess Project goods ensure rescue efforts, and allow the project to continue. After developing several sewing centers in India, the progress has been very successful. It's the sort of thing I'd like to see continue to grow.

Supporting this company not only ensures the continuity of their project, but also allows women to find a place in a safe community, and earn a fair wage. Many of these women are branded as damaged, unwelcome back into their families, and unable to make their way in life even after their escape from trafficking. The International Princess Project is doing their part in bringing awareness from East to West, towards a very real and very common issue. A human is a human, no matter the location.

Each one of the punjammies are made with Indian fabrics. Beautiful and beneficial.

Check out the video above to get a clear view of their story, and where your money is going. It is a privilege to support companies like this one. Thank you, IPP. <3

To support, make a purchase here, donate here, or volunteer by emailing help@intlprincess.org.