We went back to India. Full post coming soon. – CT photojournalist and travel photographer

Last year we traveled to India to do portraits of all the students at The Disabled Welfare Trust of India a donation run school and housing for physically and mentally disabled children. As members of the global organization Help_portrait we were inspired to make this trip and give portraits to these kids whom most of have never had their picture taken let alone who’s family owns a framed photograph of them. With the help and a huge thank you to our friend Hiren Desai and his family Mike Ciarleglio, Rich Rochlin, Anthony Decarlo and I headed back to Surat India to photograph these amazing children for the second year.

I have so many amazing, fun and funny stories from this trip and in a future post I will elaborate and share hundreds of pictures but I just wanted to give a little teaser of some of the images from our trip. Our first stop was Surat, India to see the kids and take their portraits. We did this less than 1 hour after arriving in Surat and after flying for 17hrs and driving for 6. We spent 2 more days in Surat where we were given unrestricted access to photograph inside one of Surat’s largest textile mills and one of the worlds top 5 diamond manufacturers and where we were able to spend time with the amazing friends and their families who we met last year.

After Surat we drove 5rs, flew 4hrs and then drove 5.5 more hrs to Kerala in southern India where we saw and photographed some amazing scenes and people.

Here are just a few images from our amazing trip. Stay tuned to see more.

Photography by: Matt Branscombe
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Help-Portrait Surat India 2

Help-Portrait Surat India 3

Help-Portrait Surat India 4

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Blizzard Nemo 2013 | East Haven Photographer

On February 8th 2013 the northeast was hit hard with a blizzard that brought everything to a screeching halt. Some blame the town and state policies for the way the snow removal was handled as we approach the 4th day where many people are still snowed in, many businesses are still closed and panic and anger are setting in.

On Friday night Lindsay and I left the studio at about 6:30pm and made it home with little incident but a short time later looked out our window to see snow drifts of 3-4 feet building up. I made two trips outside that night with the dogs after shoveling a patch in our yard for them to use and each time I had to shovel what seemed to be the same amount of snow only a few hours apart.

We woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful sunny day and everything in sight covered in 30+ inches of snow. The task at hand was to start clearing the driveway but I couldn’t help but to want to go take a walk and see what my neighborhood looked like smothered in a clean blanket of white. Lindsay and I got bundled up and walked about a mile through the neighborhood and down to Cosey Beach on roads where we were making the first marks in the snow. Prior to this storm most people had never walked in 3 feet of snow, I know I hadn’t. It was tough, by the time we made it home my legs were burning!

This is a small collection of pictures I took around the Cosey beach neighborhood in East Haven, Connecticut over the weekend and just for reference it’s Monday night at 11pm and the plows just came down my street 1 hour ago.

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New Orleans iPhone photography.

My friends Tyler, A.J. and I were lucky enough to get to tag along on Rich Rochlin’s business trip to New Orleans. These guys are serious foodies and Tyler is a renowned executive chef with friends in the Big Easy. Over the course of 48 hours we ate about 24 courses and easily 15,000 calories. In the short times between eating, Rich and I went out to take some pictures.

Even though I had my camera in tow most of the time I still felt the need to shoot with my iPhone quite often. I’m joining the movement of iPhone photography!

My trip in 30 pictures.
by: Matt Branscombe

Hurricane Irene destroyed my town

All day Saturday I was at The Barns in Middletown shooting a wedding but my wife kept me up to date via text of all the preparations for the hurricane. I was a bit skeptical due to the past few that have come our way and had no effect on us but she assured me this one was going to be big! Early in the night I get a frantic text saying that the authorities we issuing a mandatory evacuation for my neighborhood and that by staying you revoke your right to be rescued. So now I start freaking out a little.

As the night came to a close I rushed home through some heavy rain and crazy wind. I was happy to find Lindsay had done everything she could to prepare for the storm so we put our feet up and waited, by 3AM we were both too tired to stay up any longer.

At about 9AM were startled awake by a loud pounding on our window. Our 80 year old neighbor was trying to wake us up to warn us our cars were getting close to being flooded. After the initial shock of seeing our street under water I realized it wasn’t too bad and quickly calmed down. About 2hrs later the water had completely receded and besides having no power all seemed ok. I have to be honest, I felt like yet again the authorities made it seem worse than it was.

Later that afternoon a neighbor told me about the destruction just a few blocks away at Cosey Beach. Needing to see for myself I took my cameras and went for a walk. The police had all roads in blocked off. Having big fancy cameras and walking with authority gives you a lot of leeway. Just a few short steps past the police barricades the damage became visible. Big beautiful beach houses had crumbled to the ground or had been washed into the sound, debris was scattered all over the roads and it seemed like every tree had lost limbs. As I made my way down Cosey Beach Road and up a few side streets it was heart breaking to see the people who’s homes were lost or damaged and what was even worse was the National Guard had to be deployed because some scum bags were looting.

Here is the damage in East Haven’s Cosey Beach neighborhood through my eyes and my lens.