Tortuga Photo Workshops formed in the summer of 2009 with a common goal of sharing our knowledge of great still photography and love for the amazing diversity and similarities of cultures and people around the world. We’ve hosted local after school programs in the southwest, Holga workshops, darkroom workshops and the El Salvador trips once a year.
Our team is composed of a working director of photography at a major newspaper and a working independent photojournalist and filmmaker; so our workshops aren’t just theory but bring in knowledge and experience from what happening in the industry today.
Students receive real-world guidance to expand their visual portfolio but at the same time will be privy to the personalized advice to stay competitive as a photojournalist in today’s market. In a nutshell, the dos and don’ts when it comes to applying for jobs, freelance or commercial assignments.
Also, if you are interested in pursuing film photography, multimedia or video these are the instructors you need to listen to. Between them they have over 20 years experience with film photography, darkroom instructions and multimedia production.
I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador where I lived until I was 11.
Then in 1980 I was forced to leave the country because of the civil war. My brother and I moved to Maryland where I attended school and began a new life. To make the long story short, I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School where I began taking photography which led to attending a community college. I didn’t even know college was the thing to do after high school. I had a great professor named Amy Heller who encouraged me to further my photography and suggested I transfer to the University of New Mexico. Eventually I graduated and returned to El Salvador where I conducted photo workshops for newspaper staffers. I returned to the states in 1998 and made my way back to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I became a staff photographer for the Albuquerque Journal and eventually the Photo Editor. Besides editing photos I am currently working on a project back in El Salvador on fishermen mainly around the area of the Gulf of Fonseca.
Long story short: I am a storyteller who specializes in not being a jerk.
Long story long: I’m a multimedia producer, documentary photographer and independent filmmaker with a penchant for uncovering the story behind places, people and things. With my work I strive to create images that live beyond the daily news cycle and craft journalistic narratives that allow for understanding of complex issues and coming to informed conclusions on the human level. My work has spanned three continents and appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Mother Jones, The UK Guardian and others.
Most recently I wrapped up a six month road trip across the USA in which I lived and produced work out of an AirStream with some friends. I also was invited to Berlin, Germany in October for a stint of code hacking and journalism with the Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation.
Currently I am based in New York City where I am working on a feature length documentary chronicling the backstories of Generation Y and our shifting attitudes toward life and work in the wake of the recession, a photo book project and
secretly working on my stand up act at open mic nights.