Alex M Sanchez (Alex Mousan) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Miami, Florida. Growing up with a diverse background (Nicaraguan, Panamanian and Middle Eastern heritage) gave her the skills to engage with people from...
Yaoud, a Bedouin man who lives in the mountains of Petra - the ancient ruins of Jordan- picks up his shoes after a night of drinking.
Bedouin tribes are thought to have come to Jordan from the Arabian Peninsula as early as the 14th century. For hundreds of years, they've wandered the lands between what's now Iraq and Saudi Arabia, herding camels and goats through the desert.
A man tends to his water buffalo on the rice paddy he was sowing in Mae Sariang District.
Mae Sariang District is a small town and district on the Yuam River in Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand, along the Myanmar border. The areas around Mae Sariang are mountainous and forested. The area has many links to Burma, such as its architecture and a large population of Burmese Muslims.
A Mahout holds his small knife next to his elephant at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang.
A Mahout is a traditional Thai elephant trainer. Usually, a mahout starts as a boy in the family profession when he is assigned an elephant early in its life. They remain bonded to each other throughout their lives.
A man bakes pita over a tradition stove top in the southern desert of the Negev, Israel.
Tzukim was founded in 2001 on land vacated by the Bildad army camp. Bildad also served as a transit point for new settlement in the Arabah valley. The first settlers were people in their 40s from central Israel. Tzukim's economy is based on tourism.
Two young boys fish off shore of the South Sinai Egyptian Red Sea.
Dahab is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, approximately 80 km northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab is now considered to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destinations.
A blue window at a monastery. A Monks robes hangs outside to dry. The saffron (orange) robes monk wear dates back centuries. Orange was chosen mainly because of the dye available at the time. The tradition stuck and orange is now the color of choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, as opposed to a maroon color for Tibetan monks. The robes themselves are meant to symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism.
A young girl plays on the steps of her families apartment in Aswan, Egypt.
Aswan, a city on the Nile River, has been southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex, on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the Third Dynasty.
The sunsets over some derelict buildings in Ramallah, Palestine.
Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 km north of Jerusalem at an average elevation of 880 meters above sea level, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority.
An elderly man looks on at a baseball game in the Bateyes of San Pedro. The Bateyes are underserved communities of predominantly Haitian sugarcane workers.
These days, individual ingenios and land owners (colonos) pay headhunters (buscones), a fee for each cane cutter (picador) the headhunter provides. A headhunter may entice the prospective labourer with promises of a work permit, and often requires a large fee from the prospective immigrant. When immigrants arrive, they may find that they are not free to leave the batey until they finish the labor. Over time, some of these migrants have stayed through the six months that follow the cane harvest (zafra), called "dead time" (tiempo muerto), and have started families with Haitian women that have migrated as well. Bateys are unique in culture and language in their mix of which is Haitian and which is Dominican.
Two people hug in the middle of the Temple at Burning Man. Since 1998, the event has been located at Black Rock City, a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwestern Nevada. The temple is seen as a place of mourning for those whom have passed in the recent year.
Dead Sea, Arabic Al-Baḥr Al-Mayyit (“Sea of Death”), Hebrew Yam HaMelaẖ (“Salt Sea”), also called Salt Sea, landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan in southwestern Asia. Its eastern shore belongs to Jordan, and the southern half of its western shore belongs to Israel. The northern half of the western shore lies within the Palestinian West Bank and has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Arab- Israeli war. The Jordan River, from which the Dead Sea receives nearly all its water, flows from the north into the lake.
A young girl looks up to the sky during a Cham wedding in rural Cambodia.
The Chams or Cham people, are an ethnic group of Austronesian origin in Southeast Asia. From the 2nd to the mid-15th century the Chams populated Champa, a contiguous territory of independent principalities in central and southern Vietnam. They spoke the Cham language, a Malayo-Polynesian language of the Austronesian language family. Chams and Malays are the only sizable Austronesian peoples that had settled in Iron Age mainland Southeast Asia among the more ancient Austroasiatic inhabitants.