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Meron Benti

UPDATE January 5th, 2018: This cover is up for consideration at the American Society of Magazine Editors Best Cover of 2018 Contest. Please head over to their Facebook page and cast your vote.

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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Hydro Plant, Falls Park, Vergennes, Vermont

BJS-20150414-143336-6483Vergennes, Vermont (April 14, 2015) - Falls Park in Vergennes. (Photo © 2015 Brett Simison)

Falls Park is the site where Otter Creek, Vermont's longest river, dives 37 feet as it makes its way out to Lake Champlain.

From the “Falls Park” series. Fine art prints are available.