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Bayon: The Last Temple

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Siem Riep, Cambodia 2007 The temples of Siem Riep honor Buddha or Hindu Gods depending on the religion of the various rulers at the time. If the new ruler were Hindu, he’d have any Buddhist sculptures modified to look like Hindu gods and … Continue reading

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Ancestor Houses of Dogon Tribe

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Bandiagara Escarpment, Mali early 2000’s We were met at the base of the cliffs called the Bandiagara Escarpment and guided to a sacred village by twin brothers who were shamen or witch doctors. The Dogon are afraid to enter, to do so brings bad … Continue reading

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Bewildered

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Bangkok, Thailand 2007 I’ve moaned to  you before about the difficult time I had finding a viewpoint at Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Gilded, bejeweled temples, statues, and pagodas fill the park-like area.  It’s so full of beauty that there is nowhere to look…know … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Portrait of Hamar Woman

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Ethiopia 2013 A young and handsome Hamar woman gazes around the crowded market in the town of Turmi. She wears a necklace that says she is the first wife of her husband…that’s the thick necklace that has a sort of handle … Continue reading

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Adventure in the Sahara

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Mali 2001:  Somewhere north of Timbuktu The men of the caravans are respected by the “stay at home” types. Those who face the dangers of the Sahara are the “manly men” of the tribe. Although they are slender to the point … Continue reading

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Life in the Sahara Desert

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Mali 2001: In the Sahara North of Timbuktu A Touareg man hauls water for his camels who wait peacefully. His son stands nearby waiting to assist. The boy knew his contribution was important. The only thing he did that was “boyish” … Continue reading

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Love in Russia

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St. Petersburg, Russia 2009 Just married. That says it all. They had hired a stretch limo and were making the rounds of St. Petersburg landmarks, posing for photos at each one. Usually, I don’t shoot wedding parties that I happen … Continue reading

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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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