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Rabari Girl

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Gujarat, India 2009 She stands in front of her family’s hut or bunga. The colorful designs on the wall of the hut (that I faded to enhance the bright colors of her dress) were painted by her mother, a skill that this Rabari tribe’s women … Continue reading

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Kathakali in Kerala

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Kerala, India 2009 After applying the intricate makeup, a Kathakali performer adjusts the voluminous skirt of his costume. His green face tells us that he plays the part of a virtuous character in the play. The performance of Kathakali is similar to … Continue reading

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Uighur Man with Chopsticks

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Kashgar, Xinjiang Provence, China 2003 This reminds me of an ancestor painting. Those are formal poses and this one is rather quotidian, but this Uighur man has gravitas as they say now in political circles. He sits in an outdoor … Continue reading

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Mongolian Shaman

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Mongolia 2014 Since the Soviets have left Mongolia, Shamanism has been making a comeback among the Mongolians who never completely abandoned their traditions. The statue in the foreground is of a revered shaman. The clothing on the statue is an … Continue reading

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Four From Damascus

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Damascus 2010 The digital darkroom gives a photographer an unending ability to manipulate the original shot. I love to sit at my computer and see what new nuances I can tease out of my photos.  Here are some of the results. … Continue reading

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Huddled Masses

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Lalibela, Ethiopia 2013 The white draped figures of Ethiopian Christians are listening to the mass over a loudspeaker. The ancient churches are small and less than a hundred can fit into the room where services are held. The liturgy begins at … Continue reading

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Home: You can’t go there

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Tripoli, Libya 1961 A street in the souk. A sign lettered in Arabic and Italian juts from a doorway on the right. It says ‘scrivano’ or scribe. Italians were a colonial power in Italy but after Ghaddafi took over, they … Continue reading

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The Arab Street Redux

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Tripoli, Libya 1960 A boy buys bread on the streets of Tripoli. The vendor picks the bread up with a skewer while holding a newspaper in his left hand. He will wrap the young man’s purchase in the newspaper. The fellow on the left seems … Continue reading

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Vintage Libya

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Tripoli, Libya 1961 I met my husband when we were in the Air Force. He was in the Medical Corps and I was in the Nurse Corps. He was on his way to Tripoli, Libya and I was on my … Continue reading

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Glory of the Past

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Syria 2010 The main thoroughfare of the ancient city of Apamea. Notice the huge stones with which the street is paved. Those stones were the paving material for the famed Roman roads. These priceless ruins are being vandalized under cover … Continue reading

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