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H’Mong Artisan

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Sapa, Viet Nam 2005 She wears glasses donated by charities in the west…discards from people who need a new prescription. Not sure how she finds a pair that suit her, maybe just trying on pair after pair. She sits by … Continue reading

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Spanish Mission

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New Mexico, U.S.A. 1992 I may have posted this photo, but I reworked it, so I’ll post it again. I still like this one even though 25 years have passed since I shot it while trying to channel Paul Strand. … Continue reading

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Samburu Tribe

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Kenya 1998 We took a few hours off from the animal safari to visit a Samburu village. The Samburu are related to the Maasai. I think some of their customs are similar but the Samburu that we visited were shorter … Continue reading

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Farmerboy

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Lancaster, PA   1992 Work. It makes a man out of a boy.

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Market at Djenne

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Djenne, Mali 1998 The women did not want to have their photo taken. They’d warn each other if they saw a lens pointed in their direction. I don’t remember giving anyone money after grabbing a photo. So maybe they don’t … Continue reading

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Gnawa Musicians of Hamlia

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Erg Chebbi, Morocco 2000 Gnawa musicians who live in the village of Hamlia, south of Merzouga, pose for me near some date palms.  The two men on the ends hold a type of “castanet” made of metal. The rather repetitious music … Continue reading

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Sharp is Good #1

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Mongolia 2014 It’s hard to say which aspect of photography is most important but sharpness has to be a contender for number one. No matter how good your composition or exposure, if it isn’t sharp it is worthless. You can … Continue reading

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Software and Miracles

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Inle Lake, Burma Topaz Impressions turned this photo into a sketch. By reducing the opacity of the Topaz layer and changing the hue and saturation, I arrived at the photo you see above. It was a severe crop from the … Continue reading

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Encounter in Yunnan

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Somewhere in Yunnan Province, China 2005 These hand embroidered shoes were in a little box near the compound wall. They were displayed as if they were for sale.   They don’t look new but the embroidery looks fresh. Here is the … Continue reading

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Ethiopia, Dorze Village

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Ethiopia 2012 How old could this little girl be? Maybe five at the most. But she has adult-sized responsibilities. Maybe her mother told her to care for her sibling, or maybe the girl asked to carry him around. Could be … Continue reading

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