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Sarah Rice is a documentary photographer interested in exploring the elements that bind human beings to one another. Some of her work focuses on communities of individuals content to...
I spent a few days hopping over the Maine/Canada border and back, photographing lumber mills on both sides of the border for this story about NAFTA talks and how the proposed lumber tariffs would change things.
Monday, August 21, 2017
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I really enjoyed photographing this story on eel trafficking in Maine for National Geographic. It meant sleepless nights and days, standing in the cold Union River photographing fishermen using dip nets and fyke nets to catch tiny glass eels, which are then shipped to Asia and raised and processed for unagi.
National Geographic interviewed me about my ongoing project on a commune in Virginia, What We Need Is Here. I've been photographing this space for 6 years, and will head back there next week. Click here to read the interview, learn more about the place, and see their edit of my work.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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I went as far east as you can go in Maine, right across the border from Canada, to track down the only public appearance Sen. Susan Collins made over the recess for the New York Times, story here. The story was about how normally over a recess Senators meet with their constituents, but because of the outrage over health care reform, many were not making public appearances at all, or only appearances in hard-to-reach places. I photographed the tiny town of Eastport, ME, where Sen. Collins appeared for the Fourth of July parade.
Heavy rains this winter caused massive landslides in Big Sur, California, a picturesque tourist destination high above the Pacific Ocean on Highway One in central California. A large portion of the town has been cut off from regular traffic since mid-February. A bridge on the north side of 'The Island', as locals are calling the cut-off portion, was damaged and had to be torn down. The new bridge isn't expected to open until September. On the south side of The Island, there are two major slides (many minor slides have already been repaired). The first is Paul's Slide, which crews are working on. There is a gate at the south end of The Island and every day crews clear their trucks off the highway so a stream of traffic can get into The Island first thing in the morning, and leave at the end of the day. Since there is another slide past Paul's Slide, leaving Big Sur this way doesn't mean an easy ride. A curvy narrow mountain road takes you back to the 101, but it's a 3.5 hour workaround to get back up to Monterey. South of Paul's Slide is the Mud Creek Slide, which is still moving and too unstable to begin work. Last month it slide again in a major way - the largest slide in the state's history - and no one knows when the road will reopen. Residents of The Island have taken to trekking in and out on the north side by a trail built into the canyon the failed bridge used to cross. I hiked into the cut-off portion and spent 5 days documenting the lives of those on the inside for nbcnews.com, you can see more photos here.
I have freelanced for the New York Times for probably a decade or so and finally got to shoot for a Nicolas Kristof column in the Sunday Review section. You can tell which section is my favorite, this meant more to me than the Sunday Sports front. I was present as a nurse practitioner in Lewiston, Maine, inserted a contraceptive implant into the arm of a patient. The whole thing took probably 3 minutes. You can read the story here.
I photographed Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor at the University of Maine, for a New York Times story about scientists considering running for office. "When you have explicitly anti-science administration you can't be passive," Gill said of her decision to look into politics. Story is here.
I spent a beautiful freezing day on these 96 acres in Exeter, Maine, for the New York Times. The story is about people buying woodlots to be able to harvest the timber slowly while they enjoy the property by cross-country skiing, hunting, maple-sugar harvesting, etc.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN, came to Detroit for a town hall meeting at the church where his brother Brian Ellison is the pastor. Rep. Ellison is a leading candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee. More images can be seen at Getty Images.
I went to the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, to cover protests and electoral college voting for Getty. Protestors were hoping to influence the votes but all 16 electoral votes went for Trump. There were protests nationwide at every state capitol on the day all the electoral college voters met to cast their official votes. One protestor told me she knew showing up to protest wouldn't change anything, but she couldn't sit by and do nothing. More images are here.
I spent a few days up in Houlton, Maine, near the Canadian border for this New York Times story. A reporter and myself traced the journey of a young couple who moved from Houlton to NYC with hopes of starting fresh. They wound up in an apartment provided by homeless services. A radiator cap fell off and steam flooded the room of their two toddlers, scalding and killing them both. Such an incredibly tragic story, worth a read if you have the time. You can check it out here.
Trump made another stop in Maine this weekend, this time a return to Bangor to campaign. He spoke to supporters at the Cross Insurance Center. Shot while on assignment for Getty. The full take can be seen here.
Leave it to me to move all the way to Maine from California and end up shooting VW-bus driving Highway 1 crusing granola guys on the other side of the country. I had a really good time with these two. They're super goofy, the story details just how hilarious and hippie they are. They just built a solar-powered granola facility in Maine. We laughed our way through the photo shoot. And the sun may have made them cry, but then I let them put sunglasses on and all was right with the world. Granola modeling is hard y'all.
A story I worked on in Northern California about abuse and sex trafficking in the weed industry is now live here at Reveal News, the website for the Center for Investigative Reporting. It's also published here on Cosmo. The specifics of how the laws work regarding cannabis mean there's a need for extreme privacy regarding the actual grow sites. This draws predators, who can take advantage of the rural sites, secrecy, and fear of doing something illegal, to prey on girls and women. Important read.
Trump came to Portland, Maine and spoke at the Merrill Theater to a crowd of supporters, and some protestors who were kicked out as soon as they stood up holding their copies of the Constitution. The full take is up at Getty Images here.
I spent a day with Sam Dodge, the man in charge of the mayor's response to homelessness for the city of San Francisco. This guy has heart. He's on the streets every day checking in with people, finding out what they need, then heading into meetings to see if he can make that happen. You can see some outtakes above, and the story is here.
I spent a day in Salinas, California, for nbcnews.com photographing two transgender women and the legal assistance community worker who helped them change their names and gender on their papers. Outtakes are posted above, and the story is here.
I spent a Sunday at the House of Prayer in Flint, Michigan, for Getty images. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped by to show her support for Flint residents who have been dealing with contaminated water.
I've been covering the water crisis in Flint over the past month or so for Getty images as well. Flint residents cannot use their tap water for drinking or cooking. They must use bottled water. Recently they've been receiving filters for their taps, but a study just showed some levels of lead in homes are too high for the filters to be effective. Residents are having skin issues from bathing in the water. The latest advice says young children and pregnant women shouldn't use the tap water even if it has been filtered, which means families are stuck driving to water pick up locations every day to get enough water for their family, which is difficult if you don't have a car, can't get out of the house, or have a job. There is no end in sight.
I spent some time in Flint, Michigan, over the past month working for various clients on the water contamination crisis. Flint is where I really started as a photographer about 14 years ago. It was great to be back on those streets, but it broke my heart that I was back for this story. Here's one of the stories that was published with my work: http://nyti.ms/1mfzzFt