Monday, November 19, 2012

Mongolia, pt. 2

I started my adventure in Mongolia in Karakorum, which is a 10-hour drive, on dirt roads, from the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. We spent two weeks living with a family of herders in a ger (similar to a yurt.) During this time, our group ventured out on horseback to get a closer look at the Mongolian steppes, as well as meet other herding families. The scenery was breathtaking, the food was bizarre and the horses...well, they were a little difficult. Let's just say, we spent a day catching them before we road them. I named my horse El Diablo and I'm thankful he didn't kill me.
Gers. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Sukbat. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hov the Horseman. 2012. Orkhon Khürkhree, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Tour Bus. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Milking Yaks. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Curious Yaks. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Kids and livestock. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Land to graze. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Catching wild horses. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Tsendbaatar and sister Khatantuul. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Tsendbaatar herding. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Cooking goat and cleaning sheep. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Mongolian wrestling or Bökh. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Night and Day. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Guest bath. 2012. Karakorum, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Welcoming committee. 2012. Orkhon Khürkhree, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Western Mongolia, pt. 1

Mongolia. Where do I even start? My month spent in the land of Genghis Khan was unreal — horse trekking, milk drinking, meat eating and lots and lots of photo taking. The landscapes were unbelievable and the people were as hospitable as described in each travel book I read. I traveled to Mongolia with Rustic Pathways, the same group that sent me to Costa Rica last summer. Like last year, I was hired to help the company with images for marketing, as well as assist high school students as they traveled. This year I was also invited to lead an Advanced Photography Workshop with high school photographers. For this two-week workshop, we traveled to Western Mongolia to the Khovd Province, which is where most of the country's Kazakhs live.

During our stay, we're were lucky enough to catch a Naadam celebration taking place in the village where we were living. A Naadam is a festival of sport. It celebrates the country's long-time love of wrestling, horse racing and archery. Here are a few images from my time in Khovd Province.

Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam Celebration. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
A Dinner for Honored Guests. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography

Making Fleece. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Village Life. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Family Photos. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography.
Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Village Life. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography


Monday, September 10, 2012

Nobuo Fukuda

Nobuo Fukuda at Nobuo at Teeter House. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Grapefruit and Hamachi. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Nobuo at Teeter House. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Nobuo at work. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

I have a deep, unwavering love for Nobuo Fukuda and the food he so carefully prepares each night at Nobuo at Teeter House. So excuse me for this incredibly loose edit of redundant pictures — I couldn't help it. I dream about his beloved grapefruit and hamachi dish — four luscious pieces of hamachi folded around grapefruit and avocado, sprinkled with white truffle oil and a Kung Fu Girl Riesling and then gently, lovingly placed in spoons. Nobuo has been creating some of the most exciting food in Phoenix for a long time. He was the 2007 James Beard winner for the Southwest and named best new chef from Food & Wine. He is as kind as he is creative and we're so lucky to have him.





Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hot in the City

Civic Space Park. 2012. Downtown Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Phoenix is hot as Hades in the summer, even in the evening. Yet, people still come out at night to sit in the grass, listen to live music and enjoy the urban parks. Downtown Phoenix is ever-changing. The skyline is growing upward and outward. New businesses are finding great success — restaurants, bars and even a small local movie theater. I love this scene at Civic Space Park. The modest crowd and local cover band are set against a backdrop of new and old buildings, each one filled with light and color. Janet Echelman's incredible art installation, made with steel, twine netting and lighting makes me thankful someone thought public art was important. It's all coming together. And that makes me happy to live here and excited to see what's next.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vintage Charm

I own a pill box hat and I have my editor at Valley Guide to blame for that. I found this feathered gem while on assignment. My editor gave me a list of three vintage stores to pull product from. She then let me loose. Naturally, things got out of hand. I pulled enough product to cover my entire dining room with vintage goods and antique bobbles. I had to channel every gifted stylist I've ever worked with to pull off this product shoot. Here are the published pages. And if you need vintage shopping tips, I'm your girl.



Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Vintage Accessories. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ile a Vache, Haiti

I traveled to Haiti for the third time in nine months. And like each time before, the transportation is grueling, the air quality is atrocious and the days are exhausting. The kids, however, are always amazing.

I travel to Haiti with Global Family Philanthropy, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that operates a home for children in Les Cayes, about a 4-hour bus ride from Port Au Prince. I volunteer as a photographer and serve on the board. On this past trip, GFP founder Lori Goldberg wanted to deliver a $5,000 donation to the L'oeuvre Saint François orphanage on the remote island of Ile a Vache. For 30 years, Sister Flora, a French-Canadian nun, has cared for 70+ children at this orphanage, many of whom are physically and mentally disabled. Her charitable work includes the opening of a school located in her village, where her children and neighborhood kids attend.
    
Visiting her is one of my favorite ways to experience Haiti. Not only are her children wonderful, but the island is gorgeous. Many visitors stay on the island in one of the two resorts. They volunteer with Sister Flora during the day and then hike back to their hotel. The beaches are pristine and the water is clear and warm. Ile a Vache is really something special.

At Sister Flora's door. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Big Eyes. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
The Footpath. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Sister Flora's children. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Teasing from Sister Flora. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Greetings. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hello Linda. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
A break from the chair. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Administration. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Running Home. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Parking lot. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Market Day. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Home. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Abaka Bay Resort. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography