foto//friday . dads

While I was in Nepal I started to photograph some people who were waiting outside a hospital in the Rukum district and these guys wanted to be photographed with their children. I loved it. They were quickly gathering up their children and then waiting for their photograph to be taken, loving looking at their kids while they waited. I was thousands of miles away from my family, and seeing these dads really made me miss my kids. It was so fun to see the love that these dads had for their kids.

Jonathan Foster - January 12, 2011 - 10:04 am


Your stuff is always amazing, but these of the dads and kids just killed me. The one on the left, with the baby looking up at (her?) dad, particularly. Tasha and Ajay are currently in south Louisiana visiting a friend of Tasha’s who is 33 years old and dying of cancer. I’m picking them up Thursday, but the “apartness” is wearing on me.

Thanks for posting these.

Looking forward to seeing you guys this weekend.

foto//friday . christmas

People in Japan love the idea of Christmas. They are fascinated with Santa, giving gifts, and the symbols of Christmas. But most do not know about the real meaning of Christmas.

Tucked away in a back street, somewhere in the Harajuku area, I found this nativity set sitting outside of a store. I felt this shot captures the reality of many people glancing at the things that represent Christmas, but miss the real meaning.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

foto//friday . tag

While in Peru I visited this location outside of the city of Arequipa. The local church did a weekly children’s program for all of the children who lived in the surrounding area. Before the Bible lesson began, the children would laugh and play on the basketball court by the host’s house. Just as the boys took off to run to the other side of the court, trying to avoid being tagged, I snapped this shot. These kids were so fun to watch. Even in the midst of poverty and need, these kids seemed oblivious and were happy to play, living life to the fullest.

foto//friday . water

For two hours each day the electricity that is generated from a nearby windmill is used to allow nearby villagers to pump water into their water jugs. An organization in Afghanistan is working to provide electricity to villages through wind power and also through micro-hydro power. Along with providing electricity for pumping water, a local clinic is able to keep medicine on hand in refrigerators with the power supplied from the same nearby windmill.

foto//friday . tokyo lights

Almost two years ago I was in Tokyo. I really enjoyed the 10 days that I spent there and I hope to get to go back someday. I had always heard about the urban sprawl of Tokyo, how so much is packed into such a tiny space. While we were up in a building looking over the city I took this photo. It seemed like the lights of the city never ended.