I shot this photo essay with the Carrera Gallardo family in Xochimilco, Mexico City in June of 2008. While still within the city limits of the huge metropolis of Mexico City, Xochimilco remains more agricultural than most parts of the city. Residents still travel around on small wooden boats (trajineras) through the system of canals and supply plants and flowers to various parts of the city.
I began this series of portraits in 1999 when I was a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of Dominica. During my two years living there, I photographed my community in Dominica as well as other islands in the region such as St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent, Antigua, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Since then I have continued to explore these islands as well as the Caribbean coasts of Central and South America.
I traveled to Haiti a week after the January 2010 earthquake to help out the Rain Media team working on a piece for PBS Frontline. It was incredibly challenging to photograph people amidst such a catastrophe. The complete collapse of any infrastructure or aid and my inability to offer those I photographed anything more than my lens was frustrating, to say the least.