Father Steve Harrelson from Mount Libanon Baptism church in Castleton VA performs a rare river baptism, twice a year at a small beautiful church property close by. The church has a very close community, reaching far into Washington DC. I was lucky to be able to attend a baptism this year. It will be part of my project from the Americas which I am working on since 2006.
Petra Barth, born in Germany, originally studied Fashion Design in Milan. Following a lifetime passion, she became a full time freelance photographer in 1999. She studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and took several workshops, lead by Gary Knight and Antonin Kratochvil from the VII Photo agency, which changed her perspective on photography. Working globally, she has focused on human and social aspects in rural communities. Her special interest lies in women and children. For over eight years she has photographed in South and Central America, covering local culture, poverty, human rights, and natural disaster. She works with the Duke Human Rights Center as well worked in the past with the IACHR Inter-American Center of Human Rights. Her work has been exhibited, in several group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In 2004, she moved with her three children to the United States, where she lives and works in Washington DC.