Las Tolas

We have finished up our last video from our trip this summer to Ecuador.  Las Tolas is an interesting organization that offers volunteers a close look at what life is like in an Ecuadorian village.  We were only able to visit for 2 and half days but lucky for us we were able to get a lot of shooting done during that time.  The final product is below and if you don’t speak Spanish, make sure to turn on the Closed Captions/Subtitles.

For more information about Las Tolas check here: http://www.lastolas.org/

Old but New

As I said in my last post, I am updating my website, edwintoonephotography.com. That means new galleries are being created and I will continue to post links to them here as they open and that is exactly what I am doing now.

The latest gallery is a series of photos I took back on March 29, 2012 during a general strike here in Spain.  I posted most of these photos here on the blog but with only a little information about what was going on.  I have now created a featured gallery with these photos and a little more information. Most of the descriptions are pretty straight forward but a few include details that might be interesting to some.

Click on the photo below to see the full gallery.

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New Galleries and Website Overhaul

Recently, I have been working on an overhaul of my website, EdwinToonePhotography.com.  There are several reasons for this but one of the main one is to permit me to showcase a few more galleries, something I have wanted to do for a while. The most recent addition is a random selection of protest photos from the many different protest I have attended with a camera.  Most of the photos come from Barcelona protest but there are even a few from many years ago in San Francisco.

Click on the image below to see the gallery of photos:

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Feedback, likes, and comments are welcomed!

The start of the New Year with a little project

The first day of 2015 started with a little project and a hike.  As I normally do I took my camera, but to make things fun, I only carried a 35mm DX lens attached to FX sensor camera with the camera set to monochrome.  If all this DX FX stuff does not make any sense to you, basically it is referring to the sensor size, and using a DX lens on an FX camera means that most of the images, if not all, will have some strong vignetting.  This was all part of the plan because I wanted the limitations set by the DX lens and the black and white camera setting to force me to see things differently.

Being New Years Day, I also wanted to simplify things and look at the world with a new perspective.  This meant less gear, less images, and a free flowing photo hunt.  Instead of taking several shots of the same subject to make sure it was perfect, I tried to only take one and to not focus too much on the storyline but on the images that caught my eye.

This little project was all about playing and helped to remind me why I like photography so much.

To see the rest of the images click on the photo!

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This is the future…. I hope!

Shantanu Starick has been trading himself around the world.  In the video below he explains it better than I can but the gist is he trades his services as a photographer for transport, food and lodging. His goal is to visit all the continents without using any money.

By erasing the language of money, the working relationship changes.  He does not have new clients, he has new friends who welcome him into their homes.  Every job is an new relationship and experience that is negotiated by need.  You need photos, he needs a place to stay, transportation and food.

Amanda and I started doing something similar in 2010 when we visited India for 5 months.  We worked with NGOs that gave us a place to stay and food while we did photos and videos for them.  From that experience we went on to visit India again in the beginning of 2014 and Ecuador in the summer of 2014.

Once the issue of money is removed, I think, we are freer to work for passion, interest, a cause we care about and as a result we gain friends, creative new projects and a different perspective.

To learn more about Shantanu Starick check out the video below and his site: thepixeltrade.com

Also to see some of our work from our trips and work with NGOs check out Little Miss Lola Productions at vimeo or edwintoonephotography.com.

Un Poco del Choco

Another video done from Ecuador and what a great place to visit.  Un Poco del Choco was set up by a German Biologist Nicole Büttner (MSc) and her Ecuadorian husband Wilo Vaca. It is a private conservation project in the Northwest of Ecuador that is in the heart of small, beautiful cloud forest.  The project offers students an opportunity to do field research and volunteers to help maintain the small but diverse preserve.  Eco-tourist are also welcomed to come and see the wildlife and birds like the very rare Banded Ground-Cuckoo. At different times of the year local children are invited to come and learn about the importance of conservation.

We had a great visit here and became friends with Nicole and Wilo.  Volunteers have build a great trail down to an incredibly beautiful river where we enjoyed an afternoon swim.  The home of Wilo and Nicole and the biological station were both built by Wilo and are like wooden Gaudí mountain cabin. They are super comfortable and super ecologically friendly.

Wilo and Nicole’s goal is through donations and money paid by guest to expand the preserve and protect more land and endangered wildlife.  Check them out on the web or visit in person on your next trip to Ecuador!!

Our most recent work from Ecuador

¡Qué rico es! is a national campaign to promote responsible consumption in Ecuador.  This video was done as part of this campaign in coordination with the Colectivo Nacional Agroecológico, EkoRural, and Groundswell International.

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