Ron is a street/documentary and portrait photographer who enjoys experiencing and making a connection with cultures around the world. In recent years he has travelled to off the beaten path places such as the mountains of the Chin State of Myanmar, the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, and Odisha and Chhattisgarh in central India. He has received numerous awards in International and National competitions and holds his Excellence in Photography designation from the Photographic Society of America. When visiting exotic destinations and cultures, Ron focuses on capturing a candid moment that tells an emotional and visual story.
“I am thrilled to have one of my images selected to be part of Team Canada’s entry into the World Photographic Cup. Having been included in a group of such talented artists is truly an honor.”
Visiting a small Kutia Kondh village in central Odisha, India, I came across an elderly woman sitting on a bench. It was obvious from the deep emotion in her eyes and lines on her face that she had lived a long and challenging life. This photo achieved my objective of capturing a subject’s raw expression and look in their eyes in a natural and genuine way.
The Kutia Kondh are one of 75 Particularly Vulnerable Trible Groups as listed in the Indian constitution, which are indigenous people whose way of life is at risk. The Kutia are animists, and woman traditionally have a common geometric facial tattoo that serves as an identification mark for both the living and spirit worlds.