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New Adventure // Senegal

 
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I spent the month of March in Saint Louis, Senegal (also called Ndar), as an artist in residence at Waaw Senegal working on a larger documentary project. It has become my favorite trip I’ve ever taken. I am absolutely fascinated by Western Africa: Senegal is a Wolof-speaking, predominantly Muslim former French colony and this cultural melange is revealed in food, music, architecture, etc. Being a visitor in a place like Senegal is exhilarating: every day provides new questions and answers and offers vibrant, intense and beautiful experiences. 

All images © Greta Rybus 

Coping with ALS // Artists Jon Imber and Jill Hoy

 
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“I have found that I am changing continually, but as long as I have continued to paint, I have remained my own self.” - Jon Imber

In late winter, I photographed artists Jon Imber and Jill Hoy. In 2012, Jon was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease that affects the muscles that control the body: including movement and speech. Throughout his diagnosis, he painted with leg and hand braces and an assistant, to creating complex and vibrant portraits. He continued to paint until just days before he passed away in April. 

It was an honor to photograph Imber, to witness Imber and his wife Jill Hoy painting side-by-side, and to see the way they loved one another. It is something I will never forget.

Read Lisa Belisle’s article about them here.