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A Rabari Kitchen

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A Rabari village near Bhuj, Gujarat India 2005 A Rabari woman of means prepares our lunch in her kitchen. The preparation involved much grinding of spices with a mortar and pestle. The vessels in the foreground on the right contain water … Continue reading

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Rabari Shaman

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Gujarat, India 2009 My friend said he was intoxicated. Maybe he was. Definitely, he was haughty. And impassive. His eyes were pale blue, rare among the Rabari. Maybe that was why the village considered him to have magical powers. Here … Continue reading

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Uzbek Design

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Bokhara, Uzbekistan 2012 Bolo Hauz Mosque, built in the 17th century,  was the place of prayer for the Emir of Uzbekistan. An example of Central Asian Islamic design. This is the coffered wooden ceiling of the Bolo Hauz Mosque portico or aywan.

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Dassenetch Tribe

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Omo Valley, Ethiopia 2013 Photo tours arrived in the village one after the other. I’m sure the Dassenatch, and other tribes, looked on our arrival as a sign to get to work. Most often the women greeted us. I imagine … Continue reading

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Sari Shopping

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Poshina, Gujarat State, India 2009 It must be fun to order a new sari. If you’ve gained a few pounds, it doesn’t matter. If you’ve lost a few pounds, it doesn’t matter. All you need do is choose  your favorite … Continue reading

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Karo Girl

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Omo Valley, Ethiopia 2013 Can you believe that I just noticed this beautiful face among my Ethiopian shots? What was I thinking? How did I miss her? She is gorgeous. (I know she is a girl because I was told … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Nomad

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Bouarfa, Morocco 2006 He called himself a nomad. I wrote the Moroccan word in my notebook but look! that was ten years ago. He and his family had driven their sheep from Erfoud to Bouarfa (about 500 km ) in order … Continue reading

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Hardworking

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Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 2016 Amish men deep in discussion; their strong hands tell the story of lives of hard, honest work in the outdoors. I used Topaz Impressions 2 to give this a painterly look and to disguise the face of … Continue reading

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Shopping in Morocco

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Morocco 1997 An outdoor display of Moroccan pottery shot in bright sunlight. Luckily, there was enough light bouncing from the dirt to light the shadows. All I had to do to this was try to get the colors right. Moroccan … Continue reading

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Despair

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Sergei Posad Monastery…Moscow 2009 An elderly woman, maybe a nun, sits on a bench in the courtyard of Sergei Posad Monastery. Her posture makes me think of despair but she may be full of hope and peace. I name my blogs … Continue reading

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