Straight from the heart

    Tranvía de Cuatro Rios worker’s hands Not for want of hard labor! — Thomas Ives Photo created August 16, 2016 in Cuenca; Copyright, Thomas H. Ives 2016, Contact: codexoceanus@gmail.com ________________ Thomas Ives is an American-born photographer who has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have […]

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    Styling in the Parque Central, Vilcabamba — Thomas Ives Photo created in Vilcabamba, 2014, Copyright: Thomas H. Ives 2014, Contact: codexoceanus@gmail.com ________________ Thomas Ives is an American-born photographer who has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have appeared in National Geographic, Time, Geo, Stern, Newsweek, Life, […]

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    ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free                           — From: Simple Gifts. (Traditional Shaker song) A summery country road, a farmer with his dog returning to the village after collecting chilena grass for his cuy, a campesino mounted on his burro. One could not have staged such a bucolic rural […]

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    “La Mordida” (The Bite) Image created August 7, 2013, Vilcabamba, Ecuador, Copyright 2016, Thomas H. Ives. For sale: Size 30cm. x 40cm., Edition of 5; Medium: Fuji Crystal Archive paper, Matte finish; Unframed, print only; Price $350 Contact: codexoceanus@gmail.com […]

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    Work hard, play hard! Saturday morning finds this worker sleeping on a pile of empty cement sacks at a construction site in Vilcabamba. His young co-workers smiled when they saw me quietly studying him: his gentle posture, beat up hands, broken fingernails, strong arms, slip on shoes instead of construction boots, the ubiquitous baseball cap. […]

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    In Celebration of the Story I was pleased to read that the Cuenca Department of Culture has a reading program in 22 libraries in the city’s 21 parishes, as reported yesterday in Jeanne’s Periodico. I hope this means that books will be in the hands and hearts of young and old alike. Yesterday in Vilcabamba, […]

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    A Familiar Stranger He simply appears, every few days, in Vilcabamba. He visits us from the Malacatos / Taxichi area, always walking the 10 kilometers, always barefoot, in rolled up pants that are seldom belted. One hand holds a stripped tree branch or two, the other holds up the loose pants. No hat, no jacket […]

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    Sardines on a bus Last week I bordered the bus from Loja to Vilcabamba during peak hours. It was crowded with weary commuters and students munching chattara. The aisle was free but the seats were jammed. I had a fifty minute ride ahead of me and was nursing a knee injury. I’ve never chosen to […]

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                      “In Stride”: A Study in Red I’m occasionally asked if I miss photojournalism. Yes and no! I miss the variety of assignments from different magazines that always kept me surprised and challenged. But I don’t miss the pressure, the adrenaline if you will. And at one […]

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    Thomas Ives is an American-born photographer who has worked for international news and feature magazines for over 38 years. His photo essays and images have appeared in National Geographic, Time, Geo, Stern, Newsweek, Life, Smithsonian, and many others publications. He currently lives in Vilcabamba with his Ecuadorian partner. Three from the steps A partial thumbprint […]

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