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Caucasus Village

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Caucasus Mountains, Georgia 2016 You can tell we were at about 8000ft because of the lack of trees. It is cold in Ushguli. For six months of the  year the village is blanketed with snow. The people were hardy. The men were … Continue reading

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The Village Beauty

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Gujarat, India 2009 This beautiful girl is an orphan, cared for by a relative. My impression was that she was intelligent and industrious. She was quick to do any task at hand and if not otherwise occupied, she attended to … Continue reading

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Mongolian Kazakhs

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  Western Mongolia 2013 A proud Kazakh eagle hunter holds his eagle aloft. If you are interested in this ancient custom and want to learn more about it, I recommend the recent film, “The Eagle Huntress”. It is a documentary, … Continue reading

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The Joy of Photography

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Kazakhstan 2016 A woman delighting in the joys of photography. Seventy-five percent of all photos taken now are taken with a smart phone. Only 12% are taken with a traditional camera. It is estimated that world wide, more than a trillion photos are … Continue reading

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Oasis of Rissani

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Rissani, Morocco 1997 I’ve never shown anyone this photo before, but I’ve always loved it. The beautiful Barb horse standing between the shafts of a wagon, the palm trees and the two women wrapped in  black chadors.  It’s Africa! I could … Continue reading

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Balance

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Northern Gujarat 2009 A young girl learns to balance a jug of water on her head.

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Buzhkazi in Kazakhstan

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Turkistan, Kazakhstan 2016 I tried to keep my 300mm lens ( on my D500) at full magnification so I could get shots like this one…close up and showing the emotion of the men and horses. I especially wanted the expression on … Continue reading

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Towers of Ushguli

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Caucasus Mountains, Georgia 2016 Ushguli is actually four small villages lying at the foot of Georgia’s highest mountain, Shkhara at 17037 feet. Each village is dotted with “defensive towers” which are places of safety during blood feuds. By making the photo black … Continue reading

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Pre-Visualization

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Turkistan 2016 We stood on the side of a huge field where the men of the village played Kokpar or Buzhkazi…a form of polo played in Asia. I wanted to get some up close shots of the expressions on the … Continue reading

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The Candle Vendor of Lalibela

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Lalibela, Ethiopia 2013 A young man, wrapped in his shama (white shawl) waits on the path to Lalibela’s famed stone churches.  Church-goers buy the candles and hold them over their prayerbooks during mass. Maybe the candles help them see in the dark churches or maybe … Continue reading

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