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On Portraiture

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection; a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end someone will be watching, someone who will laugh or suffer with them. What could be more simple and more complex, […]

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On Portraiture

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection; a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again open themselves to the camera,  all in the hope that at the other end someone will be watching, someone who will laugh or suffer with them. What could be more simple and more complex, …

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Cultures on the Edge

Vanishing People, Vanishing Livelihoods Since the beginning of time, nomads have roamed the world and have been an essential part of economic and cultural activity around the globe. South Asia has the world’s largest nomadic population. In India, there are more than 500 nomadic groups, roughly 80 million people, but every day their traditional ways …

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Between Darkness and Light

The shadow is that place between darkness and light. We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. –  Junichiro Tanizaki The loveliest things in life are but shadows, …

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The World’s Ride

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. – William Saroyan The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. – Iris Murdoch Bicycle Haiku Wheels  carried me from Youth to middle to old age Never complaining. – Kay …

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River of Life

For more than 2000 years, travelers have walked, ridden, prayed, traded, invaded, escaped, fought, and died along the 1,500 miles of the Grand Trunk Road which stretches from Kolkata to Kabul. This ribbon of humanity stretching northwest from Kolkata, the city of culture and joy, to Kabul, the city of conflict, has been moving merchants, buyers, …

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All Creatures Great and Small

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all -Cecil Frances, 1848 Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant … – John Donne Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in …

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Passion of Italy

Whether you say “gioia di vivere” in Italian,  or “joie de vivre” in French, passion can be expressed in many ways.  Some are pictured below. You may have the universe if I may have Italy. – Giuseppe Verdi A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority. -Samuel Johnson Only …

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