Exposure #3 - Jordan

Location: Aqaba, Jordan

My Gear: Nikon D3, Nikon 14 - 24mm f/2.8 

Camera Settings: ISO 640, 1/5000 at f/5.6

Year: 2011

Getting There: I was working  through out the Middle East on a story on the most marginalized youth in the area - mostly refugee and migrant populations and the struggle to maintain a livelihood while operating under the radar of society. This project took me to Aqaba, a Jordanian resort port town on the Red Sea where many marginalized live and work by finding small, off-the-books, tourism jobs.

In Jordan, an estimated 100,000 (The total population of Jordan is 6.5 million) young people have dropped out of school. After dropping out, kids are unable to rejoin the formal system and miss their chance at a college education or vocational opportunities.

Here, a boy flees on his mule, to get away from a non-profit "truancy police" to encourage him to come back to school before he's kicked out. 

What the photo doesn't show you: I got out of bed like any other day, stretched my arms, looked out over the aqua-marine sea and started to put on a shirt when a frantic bang and knock came from the door. I opened to find my Jordanian friend (who was staying in the room next to me) pushing me aside, running right through my threshold scrambling to find my TV remote control. He was talking so fast I couldn't understand him. When the news came on, we watch together, jaws on the floor, as just then the tsunami slammed into the Japanese coast line - Live. 

We went on to a little street cafe and drank tea in silence. Doing any work that day was tough.