Digitizing negatives at home takes time, patience, and curiosity

The darkroom has this mysterious pull when it comes to photography. Maybe it’s because of the lure of the darkness and quiet, or that life and surprises are revealed when film is developed… whatever the reason, developing old-school film can be a lot more rewarding compared to automatically seeing photos taken with a digital camera. … Continue reading Digitizing negatives at home takes time, patience, and curiosity

From 2000 to 40 – a year in photos

Every year I put together a small set of photos that represent the year and upload them to Flickr. With 2013 over and done with, I had a bit of time this past couple of months to go through and organize over 2000 photos. It was a particularly special year because I also experimented with … Continue reading From 2000 to 40 – a year in photos

Creating a photo book is easier than you think (kind of…)

In the last 10 years or so, digital photography has exploded in terms of the variety, options, and abilities to capture memories and moments. It has really made photography (and now video) accessible to just about anyone with a click of a button – first the DSLR, then point and shoots, and now mobile phones. … Continue reading Creating a photo book is easier than you think (kind of…)

The “best kept secret in the UN” – Hopefully not anymore…

Almost three weeks ago to the day was my last day with UNISDR after a very prosperous and successful three and half years of work with a small yet important entity within the United Nations. The organization was hoping that I would continue, but I decided that it was time for a change and find … Continue reading The “best kept secret in the UN” – Hopefully not anymore…

5 tips on taking a photo a day

It all started on January 1st, 2013 and has lasted exactly one year – my EyeSee2013 project ended when clocks struck midnight about a week ago. The journey of taking a photo a day for (almost) every day in the year 2013 started off with enthusiasm, moved through a colorful period, hit a bit of … Continue reading 5 tips on taking a photo a day

One of the most natural thing we do when we enter into the world is to ‘see’

The phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ started in the early 1900’s from people working in journalism and advertising. Nowadays, the startling amount of ‘words’ we’re producing with the plethora of ‘pictures’ can amount to information overload. Yet, every image, photo, picture or visualization has a story to tell and that story is … Continue reading One of the most natural thing we do when we enter into the world is to ‘see’

Lacing up for people with disabilities

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was focused on how disasters affected people living with disabilities. As part of UNISDR’s Communications Unit, we’re responsible for defining the theme, messages, and getting people motivated to take part in the celebrations on 13 October. Even with this global focus, we normally organize something locally in … Continue reading Lacing up for people with disabilities

Disability is NOT inability – why Thunderclap it?

UNISDR’s Communications Unit in Geneva, a 5-person team that includes me, have been scratching its head for most of the last few months to see how we can generate interest in the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, especially since it falls on a Sunday this year. While events celebrating IDDR are and have been … Continue reading Disability is NOT inability – why Thunderclap it?

Behind the scenes on the 2013 IDDR infographics

Tomorrow is October 13th. To most people, it’s just another day, but to those who believe in and work to reduce disaster risks, the 13th of October is the day to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). This year the focus of IDDR is on some one billion people around the world who … Continue reading Behind the scenes on the 2013 IDDR infographics