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Books From the West and the East of Honduras

It has been a busy year, and while there was a three week trip with Missionary Air Group into La Mosquitia, teaching, Scouting and having a beautiful baby boy named Henry, a huge part of the past year (or two) has been spent cataloging, archiving, scanning, collating, collecting, organizing, publishing and putting some of the past decade plus of work in Central America and around the world to bed. The past ten or twelve years have seen the rapid but uneven shift from film based photography to digital. Ten years ago there was no question that I would be shooting film and shoot it I did. Hundred and hundreds of rolls that needed developing, sleeving, printing and scanning. I would return to Central America, shoot 40 or 100 or 500 rolls of film, return, develop it and then work with a fraction of it to do a gallery show or illustrate a story or raise funds for the next trip. Thus 1,000s of frames were left orphaned and neglected and weighing on my mind. So, finally, I went through them, scanned hundreds of rolls, sleeved and filed and got to a place where I am comfortable putting them on a shelf for my old age and moving on, guilt free, to new assignments.

The following coffee table books illustrate more than life in different ends of Honduras. They also show the most significant development of photographic technology since Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox Talbot were fighting it out over who invented the whole thing. Honduras and the Hospital was shot mostly on film, predominately with a Leica M6ttl and the Nikon FM and F3 but also within its pages are images made with a Leica Digilux 1 and the Nikon D1X. The second book, Rus Rus, Gracias a Dios, Honduras (A Portrait) was shot entirely with digital equipment: a Nikon D800, a Panasonic GF1 and an IPhone 5. And while the process and personal history of the books are not directly equal, it took more than 10 years to put the first book together and about three months for the second. I don’t, for all that, make much in the way of value judgements on the processes and equipment. I am just glad these books are finished and people can have a window into other worlds.

Follow this link to view Rus Rus, Gracias a Dios, Honduras (A Portrait)

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And this link to view Honduras and the Hospital

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