PHOTOGRAPHY

East of Eden  2002-2013

Boywithplane
Boywithplane
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Baptism
Baptism
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BigBoy
BigBoy
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At Play
At Play
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Boy in Tree
Boy in Tree
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Girl leaning
Girl leaning
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Four Boys
Four Boys
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Couple Walking Home
Couple Walking Home
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Duck Pond
Duck Pond
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GirlSleeping
GirlSleeping
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Girlbytheriver
Girlbytheriver
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PrettyBoy
PrettyBoy
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Circle
Circle
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Asleep
Asleep
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Chicken
Chicken
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Tinysoldier
Tinysoldier
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Boyinwater
Boyinwater
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2Angels
2Angels
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Girlinwood
Girlinwood
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MekongFlight
MekongFlight
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Eden/Vietnam 2005-2011

My Eden 2011-2013

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Epiphany
Epiphany
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A Walk Home
A Walk Home
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Mountain Fire
Mountain Fire
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Snipers
Snipers
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Trophy
Trophy
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Three Graces
Three Graces
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Backyard
Backyard
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Marching Band
Marching Band
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Lotus Pond
Lotus Pond
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Remembrance
Remembrance
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Lazy Boy
Lazy Boy
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Swordmen
Swordmen
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Ring Around
Ring Around
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Pumpkin Field
Pumpkin Field
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Nomad
Nomad
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In the Garden
In the Garden
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Girl in Mekong
Girl in Mekong
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Paris
Paris
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Puddle
Puddle
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Shopping Kart
Shopping Kart
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East of Eden 2002-2006

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  East of Eden began in the United States as a series of large, staged, color, narrative photographs that question the historical depiction of the American landscape as the Garden of Eden.  The historical strategy of utilizing the landscape as a metaphor for nationalism and optimism provides the background for my visual thesis.  Initially I was interested in looking at our contemporary American landscape as the Garden of Eden and re-framing it from the post-September 11th perspective.  These photographs in East of Eden dealt with humanity in the context of the post-apocalyptic landscape.  Since  In 2005, I began to travel throughout Vietnam to continue working on my visual thesis both in a landscape that bears the physical scars of the war, and with the people that have lived and survived its horrors.


   Entitled East of Eden: Vietnam, this chapter became a documentation of  people who were physically maimed by the war that officially ended over thirty years ago. East of Eden: Vietnam was partly inspired by my experience growing up in Vietnam with my brother, an amputee, who lost his right arm while serving as a South Vietnamese soldier in the battlefield of Cambodia. It is was my intention to use the camera to create visual documentations that will serve as a reminder of the horrors of war and also as a proof of the survivors' strength, courage and acceptance.. East of Eden: Vietnam was an attempt to come to terms with my past and to offer those of whom that are violently marked by the war the opportunity to tell their stories.

   While working as a Guggenheim fellow to document Vietnamese war amputees in 2012, I began working on  My East of Eden as a new chapter to my ongoing photographic series East of Eden.  This project is my attempt to reclaim my real and imagined childhood memories and fantasies of growing up in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Beyond serving as the means to tell my stories, I intend for these new images to address issues, such as legacy, hope and regeneration. Working with rural Vietnamese children in school uniforms in the Spring of 2012, I began making portraits and staged photographs reminiscing of the 19th century British landscape paintings where the environment and its inhabitants existed in harmony. Against the backdrop of the once scarred landscape, (My) East of Eden is a celebration of the resilience and beauty of humanity.

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