I’m a retired criminal defense attorney living in Newport Coast, California, who loves travel photography. I enjoy shooting the local people, while trying to establish a connection with them. To that end, I find myself returning again and again to a country to better understand its people and culture. My favorite areas to photograph people are Southeast Asia, especially Cambodia, and India. The people and the culture are utterly fascinating and provide endless photographic material while inviting reflection on one’s own life. I am now crossing the Pacific several times a year.
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Tony is a master of street photography and really good on the technical side of photography, as well. He’s got a way about him that allows him to warm up very quickly to people from all different cultures, common language or not, who then are more than happy to have him make incredible images of them involved in their everyday lives, just doing what they do, whatever that is. As is evidenced here and in his other work, he’s very proficient at post-processing, too, and his black and white conversions are just wonderful.
When Tony and I have photographed together, which has been often, there’s an unselfish and unwritten language between us that allows us to help each other in getting the shot, and we’re both able walk away with some really great images as a result.
I really encourage you to have a look at Tony’s websites above to see more of his truly impressive work. In addition to this humanitarian trip to Cuba, Tony has participated in a number of my domestic and international tours, including the Eastern European Christmas Markets, Death Valley, Chicago and Joshua Tree, among others, and I look forward to shooting with him again soon in some other exotic location.
“I joined Ralph on his first trip to Cuba in 2010, so it was exploratory for both of us. The streets of Havana and Trinidad beckon in the early morning light and Ralph was always ready to go out to capture life in the “golden hour”. He’s got a fast eye for composition, which is needed as the local people are just starting their day. (I’d like to peek at his camera’s LCD screen more often.) I know Ralph worked hard getting that trip together and it proved to be a photographic goldmine for myself and the other participants on that trip.” ~ Tony Pond