Born in Japan during the Japanese occupation of Korea, Han Gaseja (한 가세자) returned to her family's home of Jeju Island as a child. Now 81 years old, she started diving when she was 10. She started out collecting foodstuffs from the ocean with other children as a way to pass time and play with other kids. Children did not go to school on Jeju Island at the time.
She became a woman diver (famous on Jeju Island), making a living collecting sea urchin, abalone, and other shellfish from the bottom of the ocean. This traditional job was taken on by women beginning around the 17th century, and became a female-dominated profession that requires extreme strength and mental endurance.
She became famous for making a traditional Jeju yogurt called soondari or shindari (순다리 or 쉰다리). She is often called Soondari Granny.
Today, she also runs the cafe called Sup Island Woman Diver’s Cafe. It is famous mostly for the yogurt drink, and also for a powdered grain drink called misootgaru (미숫가루) and also for seafood ramen. She continues to dive today.
Women divers of Jeju Island, called Haenyeo, prepare for yet another dive into the ocean to collect shellfish from the rocks and seafloor. Using a led weight, they sink deep enough to collect the fish, then pull themselves up along a cord attached to a flotation device above water. Most haenyeo are now over the age of 50, as industrialization and increasing work and educational opportunities for women draw them to other professions. These women represent what may be the last generation of haenyeo.
Vigil for Paris Terrorist Attack | November 2015 | Washington, D.C.
Meadow Scott gathers sorrel to make pesto as part of her family's dinner. Scott tries to gather the majority of her food from the land surrounding her home in Cordova, Alaska, often trading canned goods for fish, moose and bear meat.
Kelli Stewart, a supporter of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation, joins in a celebratory prayer outside the federal courthouse in Portland, OR, after all defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers in an armed occupation this past winter.
Winter in Washington, D.C.
Meet your neighborhood snow shovelers. (Washington, D.C.)
Snowpocalypse, Washington, D.C., January 2016
Snowpocalypse, Washington, D.C., January 2016
Santa takes cover | Washington, D.C.
The calm after the storm | Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C.
A crowd views Ken Kesey's second Further bus, created in 1990, which the Kesey family brought to the location of a mural honoring Ken Kesey in Springfield, Oregon. The bus toured the country as part of the "Further 50th Anniversary Trip." (Gallery published here)
Misty Triplett holds Cordelia Foster-Hunt, 3, on her shoulders to catch bubbles generated by the Further bus at the Kesey mural unveiling on Fourth and Main in downtown Springfield. (Gallery published here)
I spent a night at the airport in Atlanta. Although I slept on the floor, I felt well cared for thanks to Annabel Harris. I walked down the deserted concourse, decorated with “wet floor” signs and trash bins, looking for a place to sleep for the night. I finally decided upon a piece of carpet at the end of terminal A – just as good a spot as any. As I lay down, Ms. Harris stopped vacuuming and gave me a blanket. “They used to have couches here but then they took them away because too many people were sleeping on them” she told me. “I hate that.” This past year, Ms. Harris experienced a work-related knee injury that kept her at home until recently. Two months ago, her husband passed away. Working at the airport keeps her busy. “I’m not planning to make a career out of it, but it helps,” she said. “Life will throw things at you, and you just have to keep going.” At the age of 56, she lives in Atlanta with her son, but sometimes thinks of returning to her home state of Ohio, where her grandchildren live. “They ask me, ‘Grandma! When I graduate, will you come to my graduation?’ And I say, ‘Of course I will!’” As she walked away, she smiled and said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be safe here tonight. I’ll be just over there with my vacuum.”
Forgotten Culture Clothing.
Forgotten Culture Clothing.
A happy place is where you lose yourself in the energy of the present moment, when your body moves to a rhythm you don't have to explain, when you share that joy with those around you and carry the light beyond that moment, doing all you can to preserve it as you re-enter the real world. (Camp Jitterbug, Seattle, WA.)
Modern Princess | Seoul, Korea
Illustrator Lila Oliver Asher flips through her book, Men I Have Met In Bed, which recounts stories of men in infirmaries she sketched During WWII. By their bedsides, she drew their portraits to bring them joy, company, and sense of self-worth while they recovered. (Washington, D.C.)
Taylor Richmond looks through ice at Sheridan Glacier, Cordova, AK.
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Louraca Potts was born and raised in North Carolina, but as a trans woman, she decided to move to Washington, D.C. to live in a more LGBT friendly community. Compared to North Carolina, she says, people's attitudes towards her are completely different here. She has lived in Washington for 10 years, and works assisting the local LGBT community.
On the weekends, José joins a group of friends playing checkers with a makeshift board outside a 7-11 market in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Today was cold with flurries of snow, but that didn't stop them from playing. José came to D.C. from El Salvador in 1991 for a better paying job. He is now 54 and works in construction.
Rally for DACA and DAPA outside the Supreme Court | Washington, D.C.
Cristel holds her son, Christopher (4) two nights before she leaves Eugene to represent them in court. The two traveled from Honduras in the summer of 2014 and crossed the U.S. border to reunite with family members in Oregon. Without legal representation, it is likely they will be deported.
Hilda Villegas is a mother, Chicana activist, and proponent of women's rights in El Paso, TX. Helping women actualize their important role as leaders in a border community that does not often acknowledge their contributions, strength or roots is what she considers her purpose in life. For her, philosophical questions play a role in questioning the norm and fighting against it.
Fourth of July | Washington D.C. | July 2016
"Don't focus on building a career, focus on building your life." Meet David Amram. An 85-year-old musician, he performed alongside stars such as Dizzy Gillespie and Willie Nelson. Reflecting on the current political atmosphere, he sees many parallels between Bernie Sanders and Bobby Kennedy. He believes if less people focus on making their way to the top, and focus instead on doing something they love, Trump wouldn’t exist and the nation would be in a better place. Amram stood beside musicians and artists in the ‘60s who were committed to making change and seeing it through; the world needs this now in the same way it did then.
James Benson plays the banjo around the Dusky Camp fire pit after a long day of dusky goose nest island maintenance on the Copper River Delta.
Elizabeth Strickland: Concert Pianist
Nika Jin and Nick Davis dance in Eugene, Oregon.
A dance couple learns the steps of six-count swing together at the Veteran's Building during Eugene's monthly swing dance event.
Drew Laiche and April Christen lose themselves in the jitterbug at Track Town Swing Club's February dance.
Sophia is ready for philosophy class in Ciudad Juárez. As part of the Philosophy for Children Initiative, she and children on both sides of the border will engage in philosophical discussions centered around life on the frontera. (Ciudad Juárez, Mexico)
A day at the science museum | Register-Guard newspaper | Eugene, Oregon
Officials examine remnants of Eugene's Civic Stadium after a devastating fire that destroyed the historic baseball stadium. Four boys between the ages of 10 and 12 have been charged with arson after they were caught playing with a lighter at the source of the fire. (Register-Guard newspaper | Eugene, Oregon)
Leroy Douglas shows off his handmade violins. He has been constructing them for 18 years. (Register-Guard newspaper | Eugene, Oregon)