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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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Ghana Girl

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Village in Ghana 2003 There were three or four girls, each carrying a load of wood on her head. They wore cotton print sarongs, earrings and necklaces. They were small but strong and nimble. When they saw me try to photograph … Continue reading

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Bush Rat and The Other Kind

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Ghana, 2003 The golden brown, crispy object in the foreground is a fried bushrat, a common source of meat for people of West Africa. We’d often see boys, who had caught one of these large rats in the fields, standing … Continue reading

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Karo Tribe of Ethiopia

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Omo Valley 2013 He knew where to stand to earn money as a model for the photo tours…near the river bank where our vehicles were parked. He had his face painted and a fresh feather in his hair. He was … Continue reading

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Cowboy Hats

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California 2016 Everyone says that to be a good photographer, you’ve got to get out and get some photographs. Shoot every day. That is hard to do but I did manage to go to the farmer’s market near my home. … Continue reading

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