Julie O'Rourke photographed for Apiece Apart Woman

"I grew up on a rocky Downeast beach, some of my earliest memories are of getting my feet stuck in beach clay, or the feeling of accidentally scraping my toenails on the pavement while walking home barefoot. I can easily recall the way light moves through tall spruce trees, or what it feels like to step on a fresh moss sponge, I can smell lobster boats without thinking. I can actually conjure up the smell memory of every boat I’ve ever been on if I think a little harder. Maine is magic in this way; it sits with you, it stews in you. I 100% wear my love of Maine on my sleeve...you can see it in everything I make. Every item of clothing I create, color, or shape is directly connected to a memory, a smell, or a color of something right outside my door. " 
- Julie O'Rourke the creative mind behind Rudy Jude, photographed for Apiece Apart Woman, interviewed by Leigh Patterson. 
Styling by Brooke Beaney of Judith Maine
Read the full interview here

All images © Greta Rybus

Exploring Japan with Chef Kaia Harper and Foreign Familiar

Chef Kaia Sisu Harper has dedicated much of her work to understanding, teaching, and innovating plant-based food. Through her new company, Foreign Familiar, she's creating travel experiences centered around exploring a place through food and food systems, with an extra focus on vegan cuisine. I was able to document her first trip, which explored the Kyoto and Nara area's farms, restaurants, natural landscape, and the regions iconic or obscure cultural sites. 

Amm images  © Greta Rybus for Foreign Familiar

Camp Etna with writer Mira Ptacin for the Wing's brand new No Man's Land magazine

In Central Maine, a group of spirit mediums and healers– mostly women – live in a spiritualist community called Camp Etna. For an upcoming book, writer Mira Ptacin has been collecting the stories of the 135-year-old camp and the women who call it home. An excerpt of her project was just released today (along with some of my photos of the camp) in the inaugural issue of No Man's Land, a publication created by the women at The Wing, a feminist social club in New York City.

More about writer Mira Ptacin: www.miramptacin.com
More about the Wing: www.the-wing.com and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/the.wing
More about No Man's Land: www.the-wing.com/nomansland

All images © Greta Rybus for the Wing

Fall Adventure for REI

Earlier this year, I got to work with the dream team at REI to create imagery for their Fall 2017 Adventure campaign, now live on their website, social media, and marketing. We had a blast scrambling around the trails and plateaus of the Southwest, and I was so impressed by REI's dedication to getting people outdoors. All models were REI members or employees who all shared a love for the wilderness. 

All images © Greta Rybus for REI

Creating Images that Celebrate All Bodies for Etain

New work for Etain, a undergarments boutique that specializes in carrying an inventory that supports all bodies and genders. Their business model operates on concepts of intersectional feminism. I loved applying values and viewpoints that support all people and their bodies to the imagery we created with a group of beautiful and visionary people who were brave enough to wear tiny clothes by the coast for the camera. 

All images © Greta Rybus for Etain

Senegal Climate Change story published in GEO France


When I first started working on my climate change project in Senegal, I knew I wanted the story to be published because I believed that my subjects' time was valuable and their stories were important. I also felt that human experience of climate was under-reported and under-represented in the international conversation about climate change.

When I returned home and started sharing the project with editors, many of them told me that it would likely never be published because "people just don't want to read about climate change."

That's why it's a big deal to find an editor or publisher willing to run these images and stories. I was moved to the point of being misty-eyed to see my Senegal series on the pages of GEO France, grateful for the twelve pages, diligence, and respect they gave this story.

I’m still hopeful, especially in the wake of extreme and unprecedented flooding in Texas and Southeast Asia (worsened by human-caused climate change), that the American media will deepen and broaden their commitment to reporting on climate change.

The Groundbreakers, Evolvers, and New Guardians: Growing Maine Farms

One of my favorite projects each year is to photograph local farms for Maine Farmland Trust's annual journal. It's a collaboration between the farms, design group Might & Main, Maine Farmland Trust, and Maine-based writers and photographers. This year, I documented the way local farms are scaling up in size to increase production or reach larger markets. The story was written by talented writer Melissa Coleman, and the three featured farms are Lakeside Family Farm, Fishbowl Farm, and North Star Sheep Farm. 

All images © Greta Rybus for Maine Farmland Trust

The Lost Kitchen for the Boston Globe

It's not easy to get a reservation at the Lost Kitchen. Reservations are managed by an annual lottery system: call at midnight on April 1, and you might get a table for the coming season. Chef Erin French's meals are legendary not only for their flavor and artistry, but their sense of intimacy. In today's Sunday (front page!) of the Boston Globe, a beautiful article by food writer Devra First on the legend-like story of the Lost Kitchen. 

Images © Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe

Slowing Down in Belize

Finding time to read, rest, and explore in Belize. Images are from the Garifuna community of Hopkins and a tiny, off-the-grid caye in Glover's Atoll. 

All image © Greta Rybus