50/50: Panama

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When I arrived in Panama City I was struck by how much it reminded me of other up and coming Central American metropolises, with touches of Miami thrown in. I was on assignment for AES, the electric company, and the next phase of my project would be far from traffic and lights. I made plans to visit one of their social responsibility projects upstream from their hydroelectric plant located on the Bayano River in the eastern part of the country. We traveled by motored canoe on a tributary of the Bayano from the plant for 40 minutes to reach a settlement of the Embera people, an indigenous group that AES was working with through their local social responsibility program. We spent the afternoon with the elders and children as they danced ceremoniously for us, shared their local food and hosted us in their thatched homes. As dusk approached we boarded the canoes and began our trip back down the river to our jeeps.

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50/50: Indonesia

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When I got the assignment from a magazine to travel to Bali to spend two weeks documenting the culture through its rich history of music and dance I was ecstatic. After a long trip to get there I parked myself in a small guesthouse in Ubud, situated in the upland hills in the center of the island and surrounded by rivers and rice fields, away from the throngs of beach seekers that fly in daily and fill the tourist centers on the south coast. There was a lot to explore and one day I came across this scene of actors preparing for an outdoor midday concert of theatre, music and dance. The crowd was local and the participants were farmers on their lunch break.

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50/50: Cuba

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I came across this wild scene while traveling through the country working on a project about the roots of African music in Cuba for Rolling Stone Magazine. We stopped in Mantanzas, a city on the north shore of the island about one hour east of Havana known for its Afro-Cuban folklore. Our goal was to spend some time with the folkloric group Los Munequitos de Matanzas, and our visit with them led to an invitation to a Santeria ceremony. Santeria is a system of beliefs that merges the Yoruba religion (brought to Cuba by enslaved West Africans) with Roman Catholic and Native American traditions. The visual convergence of cultures mixed with a background of intense drumming was the culmination of our journey.

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50/50: Cameroon

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The two weeks that I spent in Cameroon on assignment for AES were packed full of adventures both large and small. For three days of this trip I was fortunate to be a guest of the King of Bafut, a kingdom in the western part of the country. This photograph is taken from a series of images documenting traditional dancers performing in the courtyard of the royal palace. The king was seated on his throne directly behind me.

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