When Bryan asked if we wanted to be a part of an epic adventure in Kauai, Hawaii Kristen and I were on board immediately. I’ve always wanted to go there and in general am way more interested in adventurous nature oriented travel these days. Putting this blog together was hard because there was so much that I wanted to communicate about the experience. It was my favorite vacation ever. The group dynamic as well as each individual personality made the experience what it was, but also the the raw beauty of the sharp and pointy, but lush and verdant mountains towering above beautiful beaches and epic lava rock formations. Although Hawaii hosts a lot of tourists, on Kauai, I was very happy to get a sense of respect for nature and the beauty of the island from both locals and tourists. All around, two thumbs up for Kauai!
It started out as a New York Times assignment to shoot a story about the rebirth of the American textile industry as more and more clothing companies are finding that it makes more sense to move production back to the US. See that story here. That resulted in a two day dream job from American Giant, a San Francisco based clothing company that was featured in the NYT article. They asked me to document the workers that were harvesting the cotton, the gin that separates the seeds and unwanted bits, and the factories that make and cut the cloths for their clothing all over the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It was probably my favorite job ever and I want to continue documenting the changing face of American textiles. The story went on to feature in Fortune (US, China and Korea issues) and lots of other places online.