I recently completed my first film which was funded by a 2014 grant I received from Getty Images and Lean-In.org. The piece was made for Girls Gotta Run, a nonprofit organization out of Washington D.C. that facilitates running clubs in Southern Ethiopia for young women. The video was crafted to be watched as one runs on a treadmill and to immerse the runner … Continue reading Video for Girls Gotta Run.org
In Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, the daily drinking of this ancient beverage is part of a ritualized cultural ceremony rich in history and sometimes hours in length. The beans are freshly roasted, incense is burned and multiple cups are passed around. The 30 minute video I recently completed for an Ethiopian nonprofit has this 2 minute video about the ceremony with-in it. … Continue reading Video on the Ethiopian coffee ceremony
In January of 2015 I spent a week photographing in the Ethiopian coffee regions for Green Mountain Coffee. Here is a small sampling of the 3000 images I made. The job called for mostly landscapes (to be used on the boxes of a new product) but I couldn’t help but to capture the workers as well and also show the … Continue reading Ethiopian Coffee Country
All Text from “J’ouvert in Brooklyn Carnival: Revitalizing Steel Pan and Ole Mas Traditions”. Author: Ray Allen “The rumble of distant drums rolls across Prospect Park, breaking the pre-dawn tranquility that envelops central Brooklyn on Labor Day morning.My watch says 4 a.m.-the J’Ouvert celebration must be underway. Quietly slipping out of my apartment into the cool of … Continue reading J’Ouvert in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. New York City’s greatest folkloric festival.
Ethiopia is a million different things and tastes, affronts, foibles and wonders. One thing it was not was a place you felt threatened by personal violence. Ethiopians were fun, interested, helpful and cool. Ethiopia is considered to be one of the safest countries for tourists in Africa.No muggings, no assaults, no rape, etc.. But, taking a stroll … Continue reading Walking the streets of Addis Ababa is extremely dangerous!
Reportage from PRIDE late night festivities. Continue reading Post-Pride celebration in New York City.
After three months in Ethiopia (https://instagram.com/joshuakristal/) I was in bad need of some beach time. Diani Beach, which is two hours from Mombassa, Kenya on the Indian Ocean was bucolic, relaxing, affordable and the scuba and snorkeling was damn good. It was working as I could feel my brain sinking into a more relaxed state but … Continue reading Film images from a short trip to Kenya
Been in Ethiopia for a month now and recently returned from the north. Aksum, which 2000 years ago, was the helm of an African empire, was where Queen Sheba reportedly comes from and where Christianity was introduced to Africa only 6 years after that willy Jew got whisked back up to Gods bosom, was wind … Continue reading The markets of Aksum, Ethiopia.
Was digging thru the archives recently looking for landscape photography for a possible upcoming job and found lots of stuff I never really posted. All from a couple weeks up at Machu Picchu and in Cusco, Peru. Got the job btw! :) Continue reading The Machu Picchu that never really made it up onto Machu Picchu This.
I am currently showing two series of work (its still up for anyone who wants to check it out) at a cool little gallery on the Upper West Side in NYC. A series from a baby beauty pageant as well as a series documenting sites where people have been lynched are on display. … Continue reading Show at the Society for Domestic Museology