March Snow Brings…April Sun? Please.

People in the northern hemisphere consider March 20th or 21st to be the official start of Spring. And sure, it is. Technically. How does one say “It’s springtime!” when there is a foot of snow outside and it’s sleeting so hard that you can’t see more than 20 feet ahead of you? Oh, if you’re in denial, right.

It’s not spring. Stop calling it such. To solve this problem, come April (in just a couple hours), I’m leaving. Not permanently…just for a bit. First up is work in New Jersey. Just kidding–you thought that was leaving? No, I’m going to Chicago. It’s always warm there. Okay, but seriously, after that, and after work here in New York, I’m getting my butt over to Los Angeles for some warm weather, hiking, and camping. It’ll be Joshua Tree time!

Remember this?

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Yeah…it’s time to go take more photos like this, or (hopefully) even better. I’ll be in JT National Park, and then LA, and then likely back up to my second home in San Francisco/Bay Area. I’ll be doing several shoots around the desert and city, so it should be fun and finally creative!

The waterfalls here are pretty, and the ice is too, but I’m ready to not be shivering most of the day. You?

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Why Did I Return to the Land of Snow?

In a move I question…well, yes, every single time I return to New York post-trip, I’m once again stuck in the snow, out shoveling, feeling cold, and wondering why I’m not photographing in a place with good old-fashioned sun.

We’re not in not Kansas anymore, kids. The highlight of the month in terms of photography was again the C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Programs) event in New York City, as well as a trip to the Berkshires during which we snow-hiked, walked on a lake, and cooked tons of (warm) food. Hot cocoa played a big role.

Since I’m probably never going to be my funny self on here anywhere in the near future, I’ll just keep posting updates and photos for the occasional glimpse.

Yes, I stink.

New Zealand, Los Angeles, New York, and Lots of Food

In today’s tight-lipped update, I’ll say that I’m still exhausted from weeks of hiking in New Zealand, eating in Los Angeles, and working in New York. Apparently I only travel to dual word places. Anyhow, I literally was on boats, buses, trains, planes, cars, and armadillos in the past 31 days. Minus the armadillos. I was only piggyback riding on one. It was full of so much food (the good food in LA, not NZ…puhlease), and some great hiking, and many stories. Did I mention I went to Cirque du Soleil, too? Well, I’ve got some tight deadlines but will post a few photos from this month’s adventures.

 

The Tattooed Women of Myanmar’s Chin Tribes

I’m excited to announce that my new travel photography project is out! Called “Tattooed Women of Myanmar,” it showcases portraits of ethnic minority women with facial tattoos.

Though these women are now elderly, they were just teens when it was decided that face tattoos would enhance their worth. A week of intense pain and a lifetime with these markings made these few women immensely beautiful, and thus easily married off. While in Myanmar I was able to work on a project with several members of a remote tribe. In fact, I was the first person ever to photograph some of the women in remote and off-limits areas of southern Chin State.

I’m posting a few photos here, but you’ll get a better sense of the project’s scope by seeing it in its entirety.

To view the project, visit http://www.KathrynCooperPhotography.com/tattoos