Empowering Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

As a part of the Women For Women program in the DR Congo, this lady has been able to purchase and develop her own plot of land to grow vegetablesto sell and help create a positive future for herself and her family. I love this country and it is awesome to see the positive impact…

Congolese Adventures – Three Years On

  I have a Focus Congo calendar hanging on the wall in our hallway. This month is the picture above of Ombeni from my first trip to the DR Congo back in 2014. I was travelling around the Bukavu area with @pappyorion and Ombeni had come to our place to meet up with Pappy. I…

Hand made Azeri Rugs in Georgia

I was watching TV this morning and the presenters where sitting with a beautiful rug under the chairs. It reminded me of the time I spent in Georgia taking images for #ReWoven. These beautiful hand woven rugs are products of many months of skilled work by highly talented artisans.  I spent time in a camp…

Women in the DRC

I took this image while on assignment working with Women for Women in the DRC and witnessing the great programs they are running. I love what they are doing to help empower women and bring positive change to the DRC. Proud to have the opportunity to photograph these women! #ryancarterimages #Repost @womenforwomen ・・・ Happy #FridayFeeling!…

Life in the DR Congo

I first visited Chahi Hospital back in 2014. Located in a poor and dangerous region of Bukavu in the DR Congo, the need for quality health care is tremendous. My first impressions of this hospital were of a small, and somewhat dirty facility where over worked staff battled over crowding, lack of basic essentials such…

Chahi Hospital in Bukavu DRC

I was with @orionpappyin the DR Congo and as we were being shown around Chahi Hospital, this boy was undergoing minor surgery. Chahi Hospital has undergone many changes and improvements over the last few years since I first visited in 2014, mostly due to the hard work and fundraising of #focuscongo. New equipment, surgery, training, and staff…

Starting out . . . .

I came across an interesting website today, visualpeacemakers.org. There is a lot of interesting articles, interviews, photos and documentaries on the site, and one that really stood out to me, considering the direction my photography is taking me is the following by photographer David duChemin. David duChemin’s Thoughts on Starting Out. 1. First, you don’t need…

The Power of an Image – World Press Photos of 2013

I have just finished browsing the winners for the 2013 World Press Photo Competition. I was blown away with the quality of the images, and the ability of these amazing photographers to put themselves in a position to capture them. The ability to put themselves in a situation like this, and still be able to…

Ancient Monasteries of Armenia – A Black & White Collection.

I spent 2011 in Armenia with my wife and daughter working with the christian missions organization Youth With a Mission. While we didn’t get to see all the amazing sights that Armenia has to offer, we did get to a fair few of them, and I did get to take many photos. Many of these…