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Jay Dunn
Freelance photojournalist covering humanitarian issues and cultural tradition worldwide
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The Wahine Project from Jay Dunn on Vimeo. HD Video. 5:39 min, stereo sound. Meet the young surfers of The Wahine Project, a girls-only, nonprofit educational program that also teaches ocean conservation, physical conditioning, and responsible citizenship. With new friends, open minds and a global outlook, these young women are developing their confidence riding the green and blue swells of Monterey Bay. Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn. www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2014. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Just Ride: Fixed Gear in Salinas from Jay Dunn on Vimeo. HD Video. 4:20 min, stereo sound. Independent and fearless, young fixed-gear bicycle riders in Salinas, California test their physical limits with track bikes built for racing. Challenging conventional norms, these messenger-style bikes without brakes are as individual as their owners, who straddle a fine line between safety and speed. Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn. www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2013. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
AUDIO SLIDESHOW. 3:22 min, stereo sound. In the only advocacy program of its kind in the country, inmates Ed Munis and “Doc” Piper at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California run a successful veterans service office, which helps ensure that incarcerated vets receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Navigating a labyrinth of rules and regulations, the pair has brought in millions of dollars for imprisoned vets and their families through careful research and hard work. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2013. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Eagle Warrior: Let The Children Know from Jay Dunn on Vimeo. HD Video. 4:22 min, stereo sound. In their daily lives, members of the Yaocuauhtli "Eagle Warrior" family practice the respect their Aztec ancestors taught was central to a harmonious existence. Seen through the lens of ritual and dance over the course of a year, this is an intimate look at the role ancient traditions play in informing our cultural identity as Americans. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2013. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
The Alisal, a working-class community annexed to the city of Salinas, CA in 1963, often seems a world apart, with socioeconomic difficulties all its own - substandard housing, persistent poverty, and unsafe streets. Migrant farm workers, the engine of farming in the area, make up much of the population of east Salinas. They face unique challenges raising their families, yet are aided by an energetic coalition of civic organizations, non-profits, educators and volunteers determined that no one should go without food in the midst of California’s agricultural wealth. Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn.
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Posted May 17, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Check out how top flight techs from Team Oracle get down to nuts and bolts with aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker's bright red, 400 horsepower Challenger biplane, combining 21st century expertise and 1920's barnstorming style. Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn. Build photos by Brian Norris/Team Oracle. www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2013. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
On Thursday, January 31st, 2013, Salinas city workers, county health officials and police conducted an early morning sweep of the Chinatown homeless population, removing encampments on the street and in lots between buildings all along Soledad Street. Although ample warning had been given by authorities, a number of homeless were displaced and have now scattered across the city. Residents of Tents by the Gardens, a well-organized homeless community with both sanitation and security, were evicted from the lot they occupied. Three weeks later, no alternatives have been developed, despite appeals by advocates and a high-profile City Hall protest. With no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
As part of ongoing efforts in the city of Salinas to address violence in the community, Second Chance Family and Youth Services was awarded a $500,000 Project Safe Neighborhoods grant from the US Department of Justice, one of 13 cities across the country and the only one from California to receive such funds. In a multifaceted strategy that involves everyone in the community, "violence interrupters" will work with individuals including gang members and families to prevent retaliation and mediate quarrels between groups before they escalate. Second Chance's community outreach includes counseling, drug education programs, parenting workshops and other assistance in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
A strong sense of community unites the Monterey Bay Harley Owners Group, bringing them together not only over the open road, but in caring for members like family and supporting local charities with enthusiasm. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Music by Arlo Guthrie. Bikers for Bikes photographed by Travis Geske. Thanks to The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2013. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Steinbeck Country from Jay Dunn on Vimeo. A brief look at the land and people of Monterey County, California, inspiration for Nobel Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck, author of East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and more. Sound and editing by Jay Dunn. Music by Woody Guthrie. Thanks to The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Based in the rough-and-tumble Hebbron neighborhood of this working-class California city of 150,000, Salinas police officers Jeffrey Lofton and Richard Lopez head up the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, an ambitious program that aims to steer youth away from gang violence. The team’s approach encourages dialogue, cooperation and communication. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Volunteers from the community drive a First Methodist Church program in Salinas, California, which provides meals, counseling resources and occasional shelter to many who have nowhere else to go. Basic rules, a generous spirit and a firm hand keep the program alive with minimal outside funding, creating real alternatives for a visible population in need. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Green Gate Fresh, a processor and shipper of leafy greens and salad mixes, joins many other Salinas-based agriculture concerns in moving its operations south for the winter growing season. Along with a core workforce, the company transports virtually every element of its assembly line to Yuma, Arizona for four to five months in a specialized industrial ballet that minimizes company downtime. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
In a yearly migration of the agriculture industry during the wet winter months to warmer climes further south, Salinas resident Ramiro Ruiz heads down to Yuma, Arizona for four months a year. A mechanic with Dole Fresh Vegetables, Ruiz is in his eighth year of this transition. While family and relatives are missed, especially during the winter holiday season, Ruiz says work comes first. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Drawing enthusiastic crowds from all over the state, Saturday and Sunday's California International Airshow Salinas featured state-of-the-art precision flying from the US Air Force Thunderbirds, Canada's CF-18 demonstration team and the civilian Patriots jet team. Both days of the show highlighted aerobatic routines from Sean Tucker, Jacquie Warda and Kent Pietsch, aerial tributes to flying legends Clay Lacy and Bob Hoover, and plenty of static aircraft displays for the whole family. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Usually held in the mid-summer in Japan, "Obon" is the traditional time to honor one's departed family members. Across America, this deeply spiritual Buddhist tradition has evolved into an event that celebrates all things Japanese as well. The festival usually culminates in joyful "odori" dances, meant to commemorate the ancestor's release from suffering. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
The 102nd annnual California Rodeo, one of the largest in the country, opened to the public on Thursday night, July 19 for a four-day run. This is the culmination of "Big Week" in Salinas, when Western-wear is encouraged, and the whole town participates in traditional kick-off events like the 82nd annual “Kiddy Kapers” parade, with homemade floats and marching bands. The California Rodeo Association, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving the traditions of rodeo, and annually contributes much of its revenue to the community. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
An interview with three-time Olympic gold-medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, who cut the ceremonial ribbon opening a new beach volleyball court at North Salinas High School. The court was funded by the Good Tidings Foundation, a Bay area charity that builds athletic facilities for youth in underserved communities. Jennings spent several hours with enthusiastic fans, signing autographs, speaking to the public about motivating kids through sport, and cheering on volleyball teams made up of local female athletes. Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn. Copyright The Salinas Californian/Gannett 2012. All rights reserved. Listen to Ryan Wallace's interview with Kerri below. Olympian Kerri... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Jay Dunn
Mexico: "The Pilgrims of Guadalupe" - Images by Jay Dunn At times, it feels like all Mexico is on the move, streaming toward the Basilica as if magnetised, disheveled, defiant, on knees bent and shoes scuffed from miles and miles of trudging along unforgiving concrete. For this will be a celebration, the “Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe,” patron saint of Mexico, and these are the true believers, the “peregrinos.” They come for many different reasons, profound and personal, to find something, to forget something, or to fulfill their “manda,” solemn promises made in public or in private. One wish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
Mexico: "Posadas in Azcapotzalco" - Images by Jay Dunn The angel came early to number sixty-eight Calle Centlapatl, carried on a plain wood palanquin the way it would be during the first of the year's “Posadas,” by hand, from the church of San Martin de Tours a few blocks away. With a late afternoon's winter light slanting eastward over Azcapotzalco, this December 16th would be a special one, as the Marquez-Perez family had made great preparations to welcome their friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners in celebrating one of Mexico's sweetest traditions. “Posada” means “inn” in Spanish, and on each of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
True faith suffuses every aspect of Teotitlan del Valle's painstaking recreation of the last hours of Jesus, from Thursday's afternoon's Last Supper through to a night vigil at a jail cell after his arrest. Village elders play the parts of the twelve apostles, and the town's devout fill the church for mass and communion, for the ritual washing of the disciple's feet, and for multiple gatherings which mark the hours. Good Friday dawns with music, scripture, and a solemn procession of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the town's own radiant “Virgen Dolorosa” through the streets. Stereo sound recorded on location... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
On a moody Monday in southern Mexico, the Zapotec townspeople of Oaxaca's Teotitlan del Valle reenact all fourteen Stations of the Cross through this mountain community's winding cobblestone streets. From the first station, where Jesus is condemned to die, to the last, where he is laid in his tomb, somber processions accompanied by flowers, singers and a brass band stop at each refuge, adorned with “tapetes” created by master carpet weavers and blessed with food and drink for all. Stereo sound recorded on location - just "start" the media player above... For a full-screen slideshow (no audio) click here More... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
On the Sunday before Easter, Mexico's most important holiday, two very different congregations marked the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with prayer and processions.The Templo de la Compania de Jesus welcomed Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello for the “Blessing of the Palms” in central Oaxaca, while the small community of Santa Cruz de Xoxocotlan carried Jesus through rainy streets strewn with flowers. Stereo sound recorded on location - just "start" the media player above... For a full-screen slideshow (no audio) click here More at www.mexicoculturalcalendar.com Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist
view full-screen slideshow here With both hands, high priest Ildelfonso Ake Cocom raises the gourd of sacred baalche mixture to the skies one last time, sweat beading his brow as he calls out a closing plea to the gods in the full, rounded phrases that characterize spoken Maya. Perched on a stone platform below his uplifted arms is a table with the elements of the saka purification ceremony: a cloth painted with ideograms, candles in black, yellow, red, green, representing the Mayan world's four cardinal directions, a hand-made box of sacred herbs, four stout tobacco cigarettes, to smoke out bad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Jay Dunn, photojournalist