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Photographing a Mexican Slaughterhouse

As I sat in the taxi, speeding through the winding streets of Oaxaca, Mexico, I thought about my relationship with meat. A spice rubbed filet mignon, a New York Strip with bearnaise sauce, a bacon cheeseburger—all of which greatly increase my quality of life. I’m a firm believer that life...

A Day of the Dead in Michoacán

“Pátczuaro” translates to “place where one finds stones that mark the entrance to paradise.” Being the “entrance to paradise” means that it is the first place where souls from the underworld stop when coming back for the Day of the Dead. It is in this area, west of Mexico City,...

Wynwood Art District, Miami: Photo Guide

I wanted to escape into these walls, to be transported to an alternate universe spray-painted in vivid hues of exploding color. I could look to the scenes in front of me, behind me, or even to the cement sidewalks I walked along. Art was everywhere. The Wynwood Art District illustrates...

Ten days in Tokyo and Kyoto

I spent 10 days traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto in the summer of 2014, along with 10 graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines on campus. I was part of a program trip, sponsored by RISD and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aimed to promote all that was...

Uyuni, Bolivia: Photo Guide

The Bolivia-Chile border spans the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. This huge expanse receives an average rainfall of about half an inch per year and is composed of salares (salt lakes), red rocky terrain, volcanic lava geysers, and endless miles of sand. It took me three days to cross from...

New Orleans: Photo Guide

New Orleans.  She adored New Orleans. She idolized it all out of proportion. No — Make that: She romanticized it all out of proportion. To her, no matter what the situation was, this was still a town that could dance to the screeching of adversity and pulsate to the great...

Kerala, India: Photo Guide

When tourists think of India, they usually conjure up images of pilgrims bathing in the river Ganga, or ancient forts and Mughal palaces rising up almost mirage-like from the depths of the Thar Desert. Only handfuls are aware of the other parts of India that also offer a rich cultural...


Snapshots: Isle of Skye

PHOTOS AND WORDS BY REBECCA FORMAN In October, while I was studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh, my mother and I met up and drove, ferried, and hiked for 600 miles through the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye and its Cuillin Mountains in the Inner Hebrides.  When...

Exploring Chile Through Photos

BY TOM SULLIVAN I broke the cardinal rule of study abroad.  During my time in Chile this past fall, I did not keep a journal.  Instead, I took over 4,000 photographs.  My love for photography brought me to amazing places and introduced me to incredible people.  I found myself tear-gassed...