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Calligraphy on a Bamboo Split

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Laos, Luang Prabang 2007 A monk writes a Buddhist scripture on a bamboo split. I made this a black and white to add a sense of mystery. I made sure to lighten his hands holding the stylus and the split.

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Beehive Houses

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Syria 2010 Only a few of these lovely little houses remain where once they were plentiful. They remind me of the houses called trulli, in southern Italy.  The Italian houses are made of stone but similar design. The Italians are preserving … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Anatolia

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Turkey, early 1990’s I’m not sure this is Konya but it could be. I’ve never printed this photo before but the scene is a sweet one: two school girls still wearing their pinafore have arrived home. I love the body … Continue reading

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Istanbul Neighborhood

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Istanbul sometime in the late 90’s I’ve just finished reading Orhan Pamuk’s latest book, “A Strangeness in My Mind” and the book has caused me to have my own mental “strangeness”. The book tells of a poor man, Mevlut, who sells yogurt and … Continue reading

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Respite

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Kars, Turkey 2008 This man, who seems to be taking a well-earned rest, reminds me of a character in a book I’m  reading: Orhan Pamuk’s latest  “A Strangeness in My Mind”. The story takes place about forty or fifty years ago and is about a man … Continue reading

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Padaung Weaver

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Burma 2011 Portrait of a Padaung girl weaving. Her mother owned or ran a shop selling their weavings among other items. The entire family willingly posed for us. The problem was that our guide dictated the poses and I never got … Continue reading

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Mongolian Shaman

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Mongolia 2014 The shaman’s eyes were hidden behind his elaborate headdress. The three dots of red from which stream braided and beaded thongs become his “eyes”. Now he has three eyes.  He stares at me as he slowly beats the drum. The … Continue reading

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Americana

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Lancaster, PA 1992 Norman Rockwell comes to mind when I see this photo. It’s one of my early shots taken when I was in my first  year of photo classes. My teacher wasn’t interested in this subject matter. He preferred pretty … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Busker

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Gujarat, India 2009 Here’s a tip: always get out of the vehicle whenever or wherever it stops. You never know what you will see. This man, in his outlandish costume, sauntered up the main road of the town. Whenever he had a … Continue reading

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Peruvian Faces

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Pisac, Peru 2003 I was struck by the gentle demeanor of the people of the Andes and this young man’s face is the epitome of gentleness. He wore an unusual tribal costume that reminded me of an Eskimo’s fur parka. His … Continue reading

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