I've now been working on the project about elderly care for some months. Whenever time permits I make a visit to one of the locations - in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York City. It's been a great experience to follow the lives of these extraordinary elders who each has to cope with various ailments. Their spirits are high and we spend a lot of time just talking. Photographically speaking, most of the time there is not much 'action' and I'm mostly waiting for quiet moments that speak of their experiences. But sometimes, things do happen...
I worked on a story about Melania Trump's past in Slovenia. Now that Donald Trump is the leading contender for Republican candidate for the President of USA. lots of media are interested in his family, particularly in his wife Melania. She spend her childhood and teenage years in Slovenia. What kind of first lady would she be, and would her past inform her attitude. The fact that she grew up in what was then still a socialist Yugoslavia is intriguing. With a writer Gudrun Dometeit I visited Melania's childhood friends, set up meetings with Slovene journalists, tracked down one of her boyfriends, located apartment buildings where she used to live in Sevnica, and pored over old photographs of Melania. It was definitely a bit different assignment and I'm glad I got to see part of Slovenia I hadn't been to yet!
About a month ago I started working on a new project about various approaches to care for the elderly. Research, phone calls, emails and visits to facilities led me to focus on four people in three locations with three distinctly different programs and experiences. I'm photographing Walter at SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE Center in Pennsylvania, Katy who receives home visits under MiCapable program in Michigan, and Doris and Barry who live in Manhattan campus of The New Jewish Home nursing home in New York City. Their experiences are starkly different.
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Maternal health story I worked on in Nigeria for Rotary International was published in December's issue of their magazine The Rotarian. I visited several hospitals around Kano in northern Nigeria and in Lagos to see the conditions and how the equipment Rotary has donated is impacting services. Hospitals in the north have mostly only basic equipment and power cuts are a daily occurrence. Despite challenges, hospitals supported by Rotary have seen a substantial drop in maternal and newborn deaths.
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When I was in Nigeria in September, I photographed polio immunization efforts in the north of the country. Nigeria has now been polio-free for more than a year! It's a great success story. Rotary International published an interview with Tunji Funsho, an important actor in the fight against polio in the November issue of their magazine Rotarian. My shot of a health worker preparing to administer injectable polio vaccine was featured in the interview.
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I posted a new story about inline skating in Uganda. I came across Kampala inline skaters by accident. I was photographing a sporting event when their coach approached me and asked me if I wanted to check out also what his group is doing every weekend at The National Stadium. When I visited their practice I was blown away – these guys and girls were swooshing by me at break neck speeds on a parking lot full of other people. While the rest were playing football or volleyball for fun, skaters were seriously practicing for international competitions. A chance of an accident was constantly hanging in the air. Falls and injuries happened all the time. I loved their resilience. I returned often to photograph their practice, competitions or just to hang out. We became friends and I hope they get to continue to practice the sport they love and compete at the highest level.
I'm thrilled to announce I'm one of the recipients of 2015-16 Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship. Foundation is supporting innovative practices in nursing and in the next months I'll be exploring different programs for the elderly in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. I'll be focusing on home care, day-center care and a nursing home.
Below is an image from a project on maternal health in Uganda - two nurses at Arua hospital are deciding how to help a young mother waiting for delivery.