El Rey

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Smoke from the Rey fire in Los Padres National Forest from the downtown vantage point in Santa Barbara, California.

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Same photo with  color correction and vignetting. Both photos taken with Apple iPod Touch.

Photos copyright Ana Elisa Fuentes

 

After Katrina, Came Rita

While the ten year anniversary of hurricane Katrina has came and gone, little has been reported about the second  category five hurricane that hit just three weeks later – hurricane Rita washed ashore, impacting the already vulnerable states of  Louisiana and the rural, sparsely populated regions of Texas.

Anasazi

Anasazi ruins near Durango, Colorado. Photographed on Panatomic-X black and white 35mm film, using a red filter to enhance texture. Below the stairs is the word “kiva.” A kiva is the portal from which humans were believed to have emerged. photo copyright anaelisafuentes

Anasazi ruins near Durango, Colorado. Photographed on Panatomic-X black and white 35mm film, using a red filter to enhance texture. Also known as ‘Cliff Palace,’ the dwelling may be visited at Mesa Verde National Park

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Portrait Sir Ben Kingsley

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From my archive  – portraits of actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, taken in Santa Barbara, California. One of the many reasons I love photography is that I get to meet people from many different walks of life.

However, I must say that this portrait session was a memorable.

Not only was it an honor to photograph this genius of an actor, but he was/is also very genuine, honest, and kind. He is a spiritual man; after all he did portray the Mahatma, in the multi-award winning film Gandhi.

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I’ve been working on my portfolio website, looking through thousands of images; but  more importantly looking at them through different eyes – and different apps. The images posted on my blog were recorded on Kodak Black and White Tri-X film; which I developed myself, and color slide film. For the black and white image, I did a painless adjustment using Priime and instagram.

Words, pictures, images copyright Ana Elisa Fuentes

Katrina10 – Children, Education and Toxic Metals

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS -- SEP 12, 2005: A soil sample is placed on a desk in the kindergarten classroom at Secondary Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, MS on Monday September 12, 2005. Samples were collected to look for heavy metals and toxins. PHOTO: Ana Elisa Fuentes for The New York Times.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS — SEP 12, 2005: A soil sample is placed on a desk in the kindergarten classroom at Secondary Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, MS on Monday September 12, 2005. PHOTO: Ana Elisa Fuentes for The New York Times.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS -- SEP 12, 2005: Gene Herring, Environmental Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Health takes a soil sample from the kindgergarten classroom at Secondary Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, MS on Monday September 12, 2005. Samples were collected to look for heavy metals and toxins. PHOTO: Ana Elisa Fuentes for The New York Times.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS — SEP 12, 2005: Gene Herring, Environmental Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Health takes a soil sample from the kindgergarten classroom at Secondary Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, MS on Monday September 12, 2005. Samples were collected to check for heavy metals and toxins.
PHOTO: Ana Elisa Fuentes for The New York Times.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS -- SEP 12, 2005: Gene Herring, Environmental Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Health holds a clay sample washed to shore from the

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS — SEP 12, 2005: Gene Herring, Environmental Engineer with the Mississippi Department of Health holds a clay sample washed to shore from the “bottom of the Mississippi sound” – the area of water between the barrier islands and the shore. Samples were taken to test for heavy metals and toxins released from the hurricanes storm surge. Samples were collected at Secondary Elementary School in Bay St. Louis, MS on Monday September 12, 2005.
PHOTO: Ana Elisa Fuentes for The New York Times.

GULFPORT, MS -- SEP 9. 2005: GULFPORT, MS -- SEP 9, 2005: DR. Alan Manevitz, psychiatrist from New York, New York, embraces Frances Fields, epidemiology nurse, district two of Tupelo, Mississippi. Both are members of the Mississippi Emergency Agencies on the gulf coast. Photo: Ana Elisa Fuentes for the New York TImes.

GULFPORT, MS — SEP 9. 2005: Dr. Alan Manevitz, psychiatrist from New York, New York, embraces Frances Fields, an epidemiology nurse, from district two, Tupelo, Mississippi. Both are members of the Mississippi Emergency Agencies on the gulf coast. Dr. Manevitz, is a trauma expert who worked with the public during 9/11; volunteered to assist during hurricane Katrina. Photo: Ana Elisa Fuentes for the New York Times.

 Photos copyright Ana Elisa Fuentes

Reunion: Summer of ’64 Freedom Rides Remembered

Reblogged today Sunday August 16th, 2015 in memory of Julian Bond.

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The Summer of ’64, also known as the Freedom Summer was a campaign to register voters, principally people of color and to promote and support their right-to-vote in Mississippi, in the summer of 1964. The project was a collaborative effort unifying community and civil rights leaders, students, and people of faith. Pictured are (l-r) The mother of slain CORE community voting organizer Andrew Goodman with a Mississippi community activist, youth participating in the day of remembrance and reunion, USC Academic, writer, and Mississippi civil rights Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, and noted Professor, Writer and American Civil Rights Leader  Julian Bond. 
All photos (exception of Dr. Holland) were taken in Jackson Mississippi, August 1994 published in the Washington Post.
Images owned & copyright Ana Elisa Fuentes.  Please do not use without my permission. Thank you.
Video of the 40-year reunion, recorded by Patti Miller may be seen…

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Views from Air and Water

Aerial view of devastation caused by hurricane Katrina, over Gulfport, Mississippi on Sunday September 11, 2005. The long red/orange object to the right, is a barge that served as a gambling casino. The water and winds from the hurricane relocated the casino to a different neighborhood.

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This is what the front page looked like.

Dap Dang, of Biloxi, Mississippi, paddles his skiff to assess the damages done by hurricane Katrina to the family shrimping business,

in  Gulfport, Mississippi,  on Friday, September 9, 2005.

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Throwback Thursday – with all the chatter about the upcoming anniversary of hurricane Katrina, I started going over my photo archive and

rediscovered this photo of me sitting on the tail of a Chinook helicopter, which served as  my photography vantage point while on assignment, flying with the Ohio National Guard.

 One of the best times in my life ever!

Recorded on September 11, 2005.

Hard to believe ten years have gone by.

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The Chinook preparing to land in New Orleans, bearing 14 tons of supplies and yours truly. The stench from above was foul.