My 31st Birthday

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In just a couple of weeks, on September 22nd, I will turn 31 years old.  That’s right.  The big Three One.  I didn’t feel very old until I found this picture from my 5th birthday, and that really got me thinking.  Wow.

If you have been reading my blog from time to time, you have probably picked up on the fact that I went to Liberia this past January to photograph the people, and some clean water wells which were built by Well Done Liberia and MiiR.  That trip has made a lasting impression on my life, and has helped reinforce my desire to give of myself when possible to help those who can’t help themselves.  Giving up my 30th birthday last year was an incredible experience, and thanks to many of you, we were able to raise $1,000 to help fund clean water wells in villages where they only have access to contaminated water.

This year, I have partnered with One Days Wages to help fund the Horn Of Africa Relief Fund.  Instead of asking for gifts for myself, I am asking family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone reading this to consider giving anything you can to help care for more than 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia who are struggling to survive in the midst of a severe crises and famine.

HERE IS MY ODW BIRTHDAY CAMPAIGN PAGE.  From this link, you will be able to Donate, Like, Share, or Tweet this out to your friends and family.   I understand not everyone is able to help financially, but if you would consider helping to spread the word I would greatly appreciate it.  To make things a little more fun and exciting, I will be giving away a 20×30 editioned print from my Liberia collection to the highest donor to my birthday campaign.  An additional 5 random donors will also be selected to receive an editioned 12×18 Liberia print.  The top donor will have his or her pick of images, and the 5 random donors will receive one of my favorite images.  MiiR has stepped up and offered a limited edition water bottle to the second and third highest donor, and this morning Glassy Baby said they would also donate a Drinker to the second and third highest donor.  Pretty cool!  So we have prizes for 8 different donors.  Maybe some other prizes will pop up in the coming days too…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance to your willingness to help where possible in bringing relief to those struggling in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.  Once again, here is my campaign page.


Photography Show and Film Screening

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If you are going to be in or around Seattle this Friday, July 29th, I hope you will make plans to come to the opening of my Liberia photography show at the EVO gallery.  Doors open at 8:30pm, and MiiR Bottles will be screening the documentary film ‘Beyond the Bottle‘ for the first time at 9:30pm.  The address is 122 NW 36th St, Seattle, WA 98107.

There is a suggested $5 donation at the door and all donations will go to our partner One Day’s Wages to provide clean water for those who need it most.

Drinks will be provided by Redhook Brewery and House Wine, as well as beats by DJ Domestic.

It’s going to be a great party, and I hope to see many of you there.  Here is the official invite / registration page.  While registering is helpful for making preperations, it is worth noting, you do not have to register to attend.  So if you decide at the last minute to come, no problem.  See you soon!