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Desolation on the Steppes

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Kazakhstan 2016 Kazakhstan is the third largest country in the world…Russia and China are the other two geographical giants. While China is filled with people and things to photograph, Kazakhstan, like the eastern part of Russia, is filled with empty landscapes. Barren … Continue reading

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Dinner in Turkistan

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Turkistan 2016 A Kazakh woman serves tea from a samovar at the end of a delightful meal in her home. The influence of Russia, which has had a presence in Kazakhstan since the 14th century, is evident in the woman’s … Continue reading

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The Ends of the Earth

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  Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan 2016 An abandoned observatory, built by the Soviets, is wreathed by razor wire.  Does it remind you of the Doomsday feeling that the cold war brought to both the U.S.A and the Soviet Union? That is … Continue reading

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Encounter at Noratus

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Noratus, Armenia 2016 I remember this day! It was after I’d ruptured my Achilles and I could only hobble over the uneven ground. A strong wind blew and I used my monopod to steady myself, fearing that the wind would … Continue reading

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Adding Drama

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Gujarat, India 2009 l turned the photo into a high contrast black and white to give it drama. The pools of black direct your eye to the white chicken. The curve of the basket is highlighted but not as bright … Continue reading

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H’mong Style

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Thailand 2007 All the beautiful, young H’mong women were elsewhere. I had this woman and her older friend, both of whom had spent a lifetime chewing betelnut (which stains the teeth a bright, blood red). I posed this woman this way … Continue reading

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Ethiopian Coffee Break

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Lalibela, Ethiopia 2013 I’d “done” the churches of Lalibela. Now it was time for a coffee break. I don’t remember the taste of my coffee, but I do remember the little girl who brought it to me. After she handed … Continue reading

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Can They Do That?

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Russia, but it could be Anywhere

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Colonial

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Maryland, U.S.A. 2016 My brother took me to an re-enactment of early American life at Fort Fredrick in Maryland. History buffs had taken residence on the hill. They all wore costume and prided themselves on knowing their history. The best … Continue reading

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The Sovok

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Moscow, Arbat Street, 2009 People who lived through Soviet times are called “Sovok” now. For years they lived under socialism where their life was planned according to schedule, not their schedule, but the schedule dictated by Moscow. Then  communism/socialism fell and suddenly the system … Continue reading

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