Thomas Ives

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.
New paint job on the fountain in Parque Central

New paint job on the fountain in Parque Central

(Yeah I know ... not much happening here in the pueblo today.) Sprucing up for the celebration of the founding of the parroquia de Vilcabamba. I was curious as to how the colors were chosen so I chatted with one of the municipal workers on site. He said basically there was no executive decision...

Cuenca kids at dusk

Cuenca kids at dusk

There I was up in Cuenca on official business with the Ministerio de Franz Kafka. It hadn't been pretty …. I had to return to GO and not collect $200. Later, near sundown, I was in a sullen mood walking the streets: looking for cans to kick or those silly baseball sized rocks that are everywhere....

Gringo of the Year for 2021

Gringo of the Year for 2021

His Spanish is pretty good except for those pesky irregular verbs. He's clever enough to mumble them hoping the tense remains clear through context. He carries a well-thumbed mini-English/Espanol dictionary, so we know he's sincere about broadening his vocabulary. He is humble (for a North...

Straight from the heart

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...

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

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....

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

'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...

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

“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

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

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...

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

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...

Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

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...

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