New Student Photo Series 2010 – Entry #9

Thank you to all of the new students that have been sending in photos.  It can take me a bit to catch up as they come in so thanks for your patience.  For new students that want to contribute, please see this entry for instructions.


The first set of photos were submitted by Fabiano Silva, an incoming MIA student.


All pictures were taken this year at Unini River (1˚ 40’ 25.80’’ S, 61˚ 31’ 35.25’’ W / Amazonas State), a tributary of the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Rio Negro is not only the largest black water river basin in the world but also one of the most biodiverse places in the planet. I have been working in the region for 5 years with social-economic development projects and these are some of the great moments I would like to share with my SIPA colleagues.

UapéAçu is a research boat from Fundação Vitória Amazonica, the place I work at. It’s our home during the 20 to 30 day expeditions we go on every 2 or 3 months. This picture was taken at Floresta 2 community in Jaú National Park.


While I was distracting kids away from a meeting about Community based Tourism at Lago das Pombas Community in Jaú National Park.


This was a night meeting with community leaders at Patauá Community in Unini Multiple-use Extractive Reserve. We were working on a participatory tourism diagnosis in order to plan community based initiatives and income generation projects.



The second set of photos come from Michelle Chahine, an incoming MIA student.


I’ll be starting the MIA program in the fall, most likely concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and definitely specializing in International Media, Advocacy and Communications. Below are descriptions of the photos that match the titles of the files attached.

I took these photos in 2007 and 2008, right around the big shift to digital, with a film camera and developed them in a dark room. I scanned them recently to share them online.

Carving Cedar:  This photograph was taken near the Cedars Forest in the mountains of Lebanon. Locals in villages near the Cedars Nature Reserves and mountain resort carve cedar wood, that can be up to 2000 years old, and sell their crafts at stands. The logs they carve have usually fallen naturally or were trimmed strategically. No trees are cut down anymore.
Carving Cedar
Fifth Avenue:  I took this photograph on Fifth Avenue. I love the contrast of the old and the new in Manhattan.
Fifth Avenue
The Women of New York City 3:  During a trip to New York City, I photographed the extravagant window displays on Fifth Avenue and at Macy’s. I titled the series “The Women of New York City.” This is my favorite one.
The Women of New York City 3