In the wake of China’s rapid industrialization, many young people are moving to the city for greater opportunities, or as migrant workers to support their families back home. This phenomenon has created a generation of elderly and very young children who are left behind to live their lives in rural Chinese villages. Seen through the eyes of the Huang family, ‘Left Behind’ explores how globalization and the exodus of young people to the city for work affects the families they have left behind. The story exposes life and death experiences and the day-to-day struggles of the Huang family and asks the question: what does it mean to be left behind?
China is a country of haves and have-nots. In the city, people have access to good heath care in good facilities, but in the rural countryside, people have to scrape together what they can to pay-as-you-go for the most basic of services or, at times, lack-luster hospital care. As China continues to industrialize, this gap is widening and more and more people are being left behind in rural villages as their relatives move to the city. This coupled with the overall poorer state of health in rural China is contributing to a growing problem for the health of China’s very young and very elderly rural citizens.
This is an ongoing photojournalistic meditation on the state of health in the rural and suburban communities of China. The state of healthcare in China’s hospitals, clinics, Chinese traditional medical shops, shaman tents, etc. is reflected onto society, in homes, on the streets and on the faces of those looking for care. In the second largest economic power, why does the rural countryside look like the third world? Who are the faces of rural China’s ever changing health care landscape?Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism2014
Three years ago, Stanton Elementary was the 2nd worst performing school in the District of Columbia. To remedy the problem, a very large majority of the staff was fired and replaced with new enthusiastic teachers who have worked to get the students up to grade level and turn the school around. It has been thus deemed a “Turn Around School” and has been a testing ground for the DC Scholars program, a program that is running in both DC and Philadelphia. During my time at the school, I have found that the teachers are committed and invested in their students and that the students are bright and have a great deal of potential. It is not only the school that is changing, it is the surrounding community.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
My name is Clary Estes and I was born and raised in Central Kentucky. I recently moved from DC to Japan as part of my career in photojournalism. I have found that experiences throughout my life have informed and influenced my work in ways that I have not always realized. Recently, I have been interested in better understanding my personal identity as I continue to grow both as a journalist and as a photographer.
‘Home’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as, ‘one’s place of residence’. However, after living in a city that is hundreds of miles from the people I love and the places in which I feel most comfortable, it was not hard to find that ‘home’ is much, much more than that. Therefore, during the brief asides back home, I have gone in search of what my ‘home’ really is. I then found myself looking at the pieces of a life I once lived, and that I continue to recall in my memory.Photography2014
Tokyo is a lonely city and when looking for one's self in the city, you must also look to others. In this city of 13.23 million, there are places of constant chaos, but there are also places of great quite. These can be found in the quite residential streets that surround the city, or the high rises that look over the landscape, or even the stained love hotels of Shinjuku. In Tokyo, you can be as alone or as accompanied as you want.
This project was done under Antoine d'Agata at the Tokyo Magnum 2014 Workshop. As Antoine said,“It's not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It's their intimate relationship with it.” This was an incredibly painful project to do and while I do not consider it a success, I believe that I am a better photographer for making it. I believe that this photo series is a start to a whole new chapter in my photography.Digital Photography, Fine Arts, Photography2014
When the Great East Japan Earthquake brought a tsunami to the shores of the Ishinomaki in the Miyagi Prefecture, it threatened to wipe out the small village of Hamaguri-hama all together. However, Kameyama Sensei, a resident of the village, has refused to let the small village die, despite the lose of his family, neighbors and home. Now, the small cove of Hamaguri-hama is being transformed into a paradise retreat and stands as a reminder of the greatness of the human spirit and our ability to survive and thrive after great tragedy.
http://hamagurihama.com/cafe/Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism2014
I have always loved cemeteries, ever since I was a little girl; I would walk around them and enjoy the utter quiet that lays in the air. My father used to call them the 'Cities of the dead' and I have always loved that description. So it made sense when I saw the large cemetery, the size of a small town, in the Yagoto neighborhood of Nagoya, Japan. I quickly started photographing and exploring this place and the ashes within it. This project is about my musing in and around the cemetery and my understanding of how death is perceived in Asia.Film, Journalism, Photography2014
I don't know if this project even has a point yet.Film, Photography, Photojournalism2014
Old photos from the first time I went to China and the first time I photographed seriously.Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism2014