Meron Benti

Middlebury Magazine has just published my cover story featuring Meron Benti, an Ethiopian student who suffers from albinism, a rare genetic trait that dramatically reduces the body's ability to produce the pigment melanin. Her appearance drew unwanted attention on the streets in Ethiopia and difficulty in fitting in with the schools:

She doesn't remember her first day of kindergarten, or much of kindergarten at all. Of course, she wasn't privy to the fact that the school in her neighborhood didn't want to take her, that the teachers didn’t want to teach her, that she was thought to be incapable of learning in a "regular" classroom, and that the school administrators felt they had no way to accommodate "her differences."
She soon left Ethiopia to live with her brother in Italy, and later on, the United States. Head over to the Middlebury Magazine website to read more about Meron's struggle.

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2017 LensCulture Portrait Awards Entry

I've entered a small selection of my recent images in the 2017 LensCulture Portrait Awards. Please visit their website to have a look or make your own entry.

Student Welcoming Ceremony, Middlebury Snow Bowl

Flares and Skiers at the Middlebury College Snow BowlHancock, Vermont - Ski instructors holding flares at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl form a nighttime "skier parade" as a ceremony to welcome incoming students. Time-lapse composite image.

Ski instructors at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl ski down Worth Mountain holding flares under a night sky to welcome incoming students during February orientation.

Available as an archival fine art print, signed, and shipped flat.

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Republicans Attempting to Sell Off Federal Public Lands

Shafer Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

UPDATE 2017-02-02: Jason Chaffetz has withdrawn HR 621 citing public response from "groups I support".

A recent Republican-backed change in how the Congressional Budget Office values federal lands has made it easier to pass legislation which would hand off large areas of public land to state and local officials. Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz has introduced HR 621  a bill to sell off federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. Chaffetz claims these lands have little value and create great expense for taxpayers, but much of this land is leased to cattle ranchers for grazing and the fossil fuels industry for drilling.

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