Bethanie Mitchell

Photographer & Journalist
Location: Seattle,Washington
Nationality: American
Biography: Bethanie Mitchell is an independent documentary photographer, journalist, and artist, as well as an experienced photographic educator currently based in Seattle, Washington.  She is interested in the aftermath of conflict and human... read on
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Poseidon's Blessing
Credits: bethanie mitchell
Date of Work: 12/01/19 - 01/05/20
Updated: 02/22/20
Kirby Drawbaugh, 82, is a life long athlete and an ambitious open water swimmer.  He continues to set goals, such as swimming the English Channel as part of a relay and crossing the Strait of Gibraltar as a solo swimmer.  He trains year round in the frigid temperatures of the Salish Sea in Seattle, Washington.  Additionally, he prepares for ice swims at Lake Desire in Renton, Washington.  Open water swimming is a fringe sport, due to the extreme temperatures people swim in without a wetsuit.  Most people would find swimming in 48 degree water (8 C) intolerable, but at 82, Kirby continues to amaze athletes and spectators with his ability to brave extreme waters without a wetsuit (following English Channel rules), while training and competing in some of the harshest open water swim environments in the world.

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Winter Swimmers of the Salish Sea

By Bethanie Mitchell — Lord Bryon, the prolific writer of the early nineteenth century wrote, “The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in..

Guantanamo Prison Camp Today

By Bethanie Mitchell — Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (GTMO) run under the Joint Task Force (JTF) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is America's most controversial prison. While..

An American Backyard

By Bethanie Mitchell — Way down in the hot Mohave Desert, sparsely populated towns call Joshua Tree National Park their backyard. My sister's world is this moonscape..


By Bethanie Mitchell — Since the beginning of August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya from Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority who have..

The Impact of ISIS in Iraq

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Daulatadia at Work

By Bethanie Mitchell — Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal and it is also home to one of the largest brothels in the world...

Kyriaki Tou Pascha

By Bethanie Mitchell — At St. Nikolas Church in Athens, Greece, a community near the Acropolis gathers to celebrate the last day of lent. In Greece, the culmination of..

Fashion Week Seattle, Washington

By Bethanie Mitchell — As the tech industry has changed Seattle, Washington, businesses are booming. This wave of socioeconomic prosperity has given local designers an..
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