message this site might convey. My life has
truly been redeemed in the lives of others - and
whatever I have to offer is because of what these
remarkable women and men are all about -
like Stephen Haff who changes lives
and life paths every day in Bushwick, New
York (Still Waters in a Storm), Peter Fretheim
in Northern Nigeria who is part of rescuing
1,000's of women and girls, and entire families
who are refugees in their own country, or
Rakesh and Sonali Joseph, who believe that
every child deserves love and the chance to
go to school and escape the labels society
imposes. I am also grateful to the friends
and family at MPI who, for many years,
have given their support to causes and
efforts to bring hope in the world.

I hope that there will be some takeaway for
anyone who visits or sees these images,
that in someway it will motivate towards
doing, acting, of getting involved. Little is
much when we do it together.

L. Cantelon

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"nothing changes
till it changes."


Pennyhead was born in 1994 on a hill in Echo Park in East Los Angeles., with a photo of the smiling face of a dog named Penny. which led to, "who took the Penny head photograph?" The moniker stuck, and has followed me faithfully ever since.
The idea of "working for the common good," was born about that same time, and solidified while documenting the tragedy in Rwanda that same year. While I returned to Los Angeles and became progressively more involved in less humanitarian pursuits, photographing musicians, on the road touring, designing album covers and other music related art, the idea that what we do could somehow benefit others never went away. At one point, during the time I worked with Tracy Chapman, I was able to hire gang kids from East LA and put them to work learning Photoshop, printing, binding and layout. Some of those kids went on to careers as graphic designers and escaped the downward spiral of street life. It was a small thing, but that experience informed and changed what followed. In 2011 I moved east to Connecticut. The change was part of bringing me back more closely to the original calling I had felt on the shores of Lake Kivu and in Goma (in what was then Zaire) in '94 - to photographing and recording the stories of amazing people who were working to make this world a better place, living miracles, survivors, saints that exist all around us, walk next to us on the street or sit across the aisle of the subway car. Since 2014 I've been blessed to travel and spend time in places as remote as Turkana (border South Sudan), northern India and Nigeria, Ethiopia, East Africa, to meet and work alongside people who are the