Stranger in a Strange Land is a collection of portraits and scenes of cultures from the four corners of the world captured over the last 8 years by documentary and humanitarian photographer Rich Koechlein. These photographs capture the human spirit and look at the differences and the similarities of people from around the world. From the pride on the face of a school girl in a Guatemala slum to the sheer joy of children playing on a log in the South Pacific these images show how we are more alike than we think.
The quotes about photography, travel and people included throughout the book help describe his passions of travel and photography, and help inspire his ongoing work. Some quotes speak to why photography is so important, some look at how travel blurs borders, and some teach us simple life lessons.
Rich Koechlein is a Minneapolis-based landscape architect and photographer. Rich has been fortunate to be able to photograph the people and places on his travels to countries like Peru, Greece, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, Colombia, India, Guatemala, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Photographing the world and trying to capture the people, places and cultures along the way is his passion. Through the organization Children's Culture Connection, Rich traveled to Pune, India, and with donated digital cameras taught photography to girls living in the Parvati Slums. For most of the girls it was the first time they had ever been able to take a picture. The photography from this project was featured in the exhibit 'New Perspectives, New Possibilities'. In addition the Rich's photography, the girl’s photography was featured. Through Children's Culture Connection, Rich also worked with children in Guatemala City in the slums of La Limonada.