This blog is part of a project borne during my travels as a professional photojournalist. For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical maneuvers from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last few years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all the images straight to this blog, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits - self expression.

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Aden, Yemen | April 14, 2013 Abdullah, chews Qat during his afternoon break from work, siting on the curb outside a shopping center on the outskirts of Aden. Qat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation consumes much of the country’s agricultural resources. It is estimated that 40% of the country’s water supply goes towards irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every year. Researchers estimate that about 70–80% of Yemenis between 16 and 50 years old chew Qat, at least on occasion, and that Yemenis spend about 14.6 million person-hours per day chewing Qat. Researchers have also estimated that families spend about 17% of their income on Qat. #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #iphoneography #iphoneonly #igers #streetphotography #yemen #Aden #mobilephotography #photooftheday #picoftheday #portrait #qat

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