Tuesday, January 13, 2009

BIG Ending.

While I was growing up, our family used to sing songs together (especially while in the car). Towards the end of each song, my dad would say "Okay, now everyone ... BIG ending, BIG ending!!" And, we would all finish the song, singing as loudly and fully as we could. It was a great chorus.

Eric and I are nearing the end of our year volunteering internationally. Our final stop was originally supposed to be India, but (long story short) we ran into some visa issues in December and had to change plans at the last minute. We have found ourselves in Bangkok, Thailand - and are making new plans to finish this year with our version of the "BIG ending".

Eric and I are offering our services as volunteer photographers to a number of different groups here in Thailand. We sent a volunteer proposal to a number of groups last weekend - some that have been recommended to us, and some we found online. We've been very pleasantly surprised by the response we've received, and already have arrangements made with three NGOs here in Thailand. Throughout the course of the next month, we'll be spending time with groups here in Bangkok, Northern Thailand and Eastern Thailand.

So, we'll be spending the next month traveling, learning and taking lots of photos. And, when all is said and done, we will have many more new stories and photos to share. Sounds like the perfect BIG ending to me.


It is with great joy that i share the news:
Eric and I have decided to make the (&) between us official by getting married!

No details yet ... just excitement.
And so much love.

Thank you for sharing in our joy.

Light & Time.

"To speak technically photography is the art of writing with light. But if I want to think about it more philosophically, I can say that photography is the art of writing with time." -Gerardo Suter

Light & Time.
Love & Life.

I've just uploaded more of it all at www.flickr.com/photos/mjoymatheson. There are photos there of our time in Haiti, Argentina & Tanzania ... with more coming soon.

Monday, January 12, 2009



Need a little inspiration?
Learn more about these folks.

Time and time again, I was humbled and inspired by my friends at BCDSA and SAIDIA Tanzania. It was an honor to be a part of both of their work for a short time. If you'd like to learn more about BCDSA, and/or how you can support their incredible efforts, visit their new blog (moonlighting as a basic website): www.bcdsatz.blogspot.com. Or, if you're considering the possibility of volunteering internationally yourself, consider checking out SAIDIA's website at www.saidiavolunteer.org. At the very least, you'll leave their websites a little more inspired by the potential for goodness in our world. And that, I'd say, is worth the trip.