Virginia Beach-based photographer Rich-Joseph Facun shares his best photos of 2012.
January 1, 2012 rang in the New Year inaugurating my fourth month of self-employment as a photographer. Just a few months earlier I was a staff photojournalist for an English language paper in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I wasn’t the cliche of a starving artist or the poor liberal photojournalist. For once, I was earning a decent living; poolside country club dining, five star hotels and European vacations with the family became the norm. I wasn’t filthy rich, but lets just say I was no longer counting my change to buy a candy bar. Know what I mean?
After three years of kush living while reaping the benefits of another country’s petroleum based economy my wife Jasmine and I decided to bail. As the stifling heat of a Middle Eastern summer arrived we relocated her, our baby girl Opal and young son Levi-Joseph back to the States. We agreed that I should stay behind for just a bit longer to earn a little more before permanently jumping ship.
During this transition in my life (2011-2012) I shot the essay Coming to America. It takes the form of three acts. Act one looks at the formative years of an American expatriate boy, my son, returning to his native country. In act two, I follow with images from a time of solitude during my last two months in the UAE. Act three closes with a cautious celebration of my departure from the unfamiliar and a reunion with the familiar. I’ve included a small sampling of this essay in this year’s my (Favorite) Best of 2012 .
Continue reading and see more photos on Rich-Joseph’s blog.