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Argentine Default                                         

Argentina’s dollar bonds sank after the country missed a payment on $13 billion of its debt as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other banks sought a deal that would allow the country to resume servicing its securities.

A group of international investment banks met with Elliott Management Corp. and other so-called holdout creditors to buy the securities they hold from the country’s 2001 default, according to a bank official familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

The official said talks would continue. Buenos Aires-based newspaper Ambito reported that a deal on the amount was reached.The nation missed a deadline yesterday to pay $539 million in interest after two days of negotiations in New York failed to produce a settlement with Elliott and other hedge funds that won a court order for full repayment on the securities they own. The ruling prevents Argentina from servicing its debt until the holdouts settle or are paid the $1.5 billion judgment.

Photographers: Diego Levy, Peter Foley/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

Mark Bell holds marten pelts he trapped in Aroland First Nation in Northern Ontario.

Aboriginal people have been trapping furs for hundreds of years and with unemployment as high as 90 percent in many communities, it is one of the only sources of income for some people. 

In November I traveled to Northern Ontario to photograph a story for Bloomberg Markets about First Nations groups in Canada fighting to have a say in how different types of industry use their land. The article can explain it much better than I can. Read it!

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Top-Chief Sonny Gagnon in Aroland First Nation.

In November I went to Aroland First Nation in Northern Ontario to work on a story for Bloomberg Markets about how Native groups in Canada are fighting to have a say in how oil, gas and mineral companies use their land. Read the super interesting story here. Thanks to Lauren Winfield for the incredible assignment. 

It was incredibly beautiful up there and also incredibly cold. 

Must hydrate.

Left: Charles Brewer with his very new friend Giuseppe. (They met that day, the day I shot Charles in Aspen, Colorado. Charles tried in vain to overtake Giuseppe as they both rode their bikes up this beautiful country road. They met at the end of the road, and exchanged stories. Giuseppe turned out to be the chef at the local trattoria in Aspen, so he invited us to drop by that evening for a little wine.)

Right: Tom Claugus with his very old friend Ron after an intense tennis match. (They both graduated from Harvard at the same time. Both moved to Atlanta. Both successful entrepreneurs. They get together to play a little tennis at Tom’s home court at least once a week.)

Outtakes from a shoot for Bloomberg Markets. Shot July, 2012.

Someone asked me recently if I thought about pictures like my children and if it was hard to choose my favorite because I love them all so much. I told them that if I treated my children like I treat my images, I should never  be a parent. I am always disappointed by my pictures and focus more on their flaws than their successes and quickly forget about them and move on to the next thing. So in hopes of not being an emotionally abusive parent one day, I will practice by doing an end of year post.

By the Olive Trees, my project with the amazing Michael Friberg, looked at the lives of Syrian refugees in Jordan. The process of making this work, the Syrians who shared their experiences with us, collaborating with Michael and Dirk, and being supported by my larger photographic family had a massive impact on me. It changed me personally, artistically and professionally in ways that I am still just discovering. 

I also worked with a ton of wonderful people this year. I got to work with publications that I never imagined I would and was really blessed to have lots of really wonderful editors take a chance on me. The lovely folks at Businessweek and Outside have been especially great to me and these are some of my favorite things I did with them.

I had an great week long assignment in rural Alaska for Bloomberg Markets looking at the impact of climate change on remote communities.

I got to go to my first ever NFL game for ESPN the Magazine’s One Day One Game.

And went on a Dinosaur road trip for Sunset magazine. 

I shot a fun story for enRoute in Vail, CO.

I did some big projects with NBC Universal.

I photographed pot for CNN…

and pot for the Guardian Weekend Magazine…

and pot for the Wall Street Journal.

I shot cover stories for Outside,

 

enRoute,

and VQR.

I shot an ad campaign for Tin Cup Whiskey

and for Walmart. 

I am sure that there are a bunch of great things and great people that I am leaving out, but my head is already in 2014 and there are plane tickets to buy and gear to prep, so I will leave it here.

But first a special thanks to Ryan Brown (seen here after two days of getting fried by the sun on a shoot in Aspen)

and Trace Faust (seen here rapping along to Gansta’s Paradise while on a Dinosaur road trip). They assisted me a ton this year, but are way more than assistants. 

And to my wife, Abby, for being patient and supportive during the last six years of me having the silly and irresponsible idea of wanting to be a photographer.