I was born and raised in England, but began my photojournalism career in Portland, OR stringing for The Associated Press. From there, I spent 10 years working as a staff photographer for daily papers in Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Since then, I have traveled through Central America, India and Europe as an independent documentary photographer. Along the way I have earned a variety of awards including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, the Community Awareness Award from Pictures of the Year International and the Golden Light Award for documentary photography.
Maybelle Johnson, 7, plays in her backyard in Raymond, Washington. Johnson is a member of the Chinook Indian Nation- a 3000 member tribe of which her father, Tony, is chairman. The Chinook have been fighting for the restoration of their tribal status- formal recognition is the only way to guarantee their existence as a cohesive community in the future.
“It is an obligation to our ancestors- the hell they went through to get us here- and to our children. To not do anything is to dishonor my people,” said chairman of the Chinook Nation, Tony Johnson.
Every Easter, traditional Aztec dancers from Mexico make the pilgramage to the Santuario de Chimayo in north New Mexico and dance. The sanctuary is believed to have miraculous powers and thousands of people walk for miles to benefit its powers.
A worker digs underneath a pyramid near the Cascavel site in El Mirador where Dr. Richard Hansen believes the tomb of a Pre-Classic Mayan lies.
The Mirador Basin is comprised of 600,000-acres and is considered by many to be the 'cradle of Maya civilization.'
It lies within the Maya Biosphere, an area consisting of over 21,000 sq km, and containing more than 500 species of flora and fauna in the only surviving rainforest of the region. However, this area has lost 70% of its forest in the last 10-years.
Mayan cities have been discovered in the area that predates the most well known Guatemalan Mayan structures by 1,000 years. These huge cities contain Mayan pyramids, stone causeways leading from one city to another; evidence of conflict- including large walls and moats surrounding the cities- as well as millions of pieces of ceramic, obsidian and gems. All redefining the Pre-Classic Maya and leading some to believe that the region was the first political state in the Americas.