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Abu Simbel

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On the Nile River 1998 I never printed this in the darkroom. It is easy to miss shots when all you have to look at is a proof sheet or a 35mm negative. I like my angle here with the temple … Continue reading

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Confinement

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Southeastern Morocco late 1990’s It is the custom for the new mother and baby to be “confined”. That is, the new mother is to lie in bed and be waited on for seven days. Then, when it seems as if … Continue reading

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Tibetan Girl

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Yushou, China 2007 Half of Qinghai province is populated by minorities with Tibetans making up about 25% of the entire population. We attended a Tibetan festival on the outskirts of Yushou. The communists had sanitized the activities so that the … Continue reading

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Omo Valley with Karo People

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Ethiopia 2014 We had a “teacher” on our tour of Ethiopia. She was a studio photographer and setting up a scene like this was her forte. This was the one time she got out her small studio light with softbox. It … Continue reading

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A Man’s Job

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Mardin, Turkey 2008 A boy waits for a customer in a shop in Mardin, Turkey. Perhaps the man in the upper right corner is his boss who is minding the shop next door. The boy looks bored and unhappy to … Continue reading

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In Western Mongolia

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Mongolia 2014 I read that the dromedary camel looks as if it had been designed by a committee. But the Bactrian was designed by the hand of God. It is a beautiful creature…as beautiful as a horse and that is … Continue reading

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Golden Eagle

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Kazakhstan 2016 A Golden Eagle, eager to hunt, tries to fly from its perch on the hunter’s arm. Her tethered feet hold her captive.  The birds didn’t seem bothered by hanging upside down for a few seconds. The hunters are attentive … Continue reading

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Three from Russia

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Northern Russia 2009 Flowers set on a window sill in a tiny home…the subject is ordinary. Nothing is happening yet I relate to the person who wanted flowers to brighten their home. On a photographic level, the blacks are rich … Continue reading

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In Samarkand

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan 2012 He sat in his tiny shop in one of the cells of the ancient madrassa. Exotic instruments lined the walls. He picked one and began to play a classical Uzbek melody. My friend, Torie, and I photographed … Continue reading

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Forgotten

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Oualata, Mauritania 2005 Oualata was once a thriving city, a center for Islamic learning and an important stop on the caravans of the silk road. Now it is withering. A few families live in the abandoned city which lies on a … Continue reading

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