Category Archives: Cultural-Travel
The area of Sagano Japan has a remarkably beautiful calm and peaceful bamboo grove. There is wonderful sound when the wind blows through the bamboo causing it to knock together. Put that together with the sound of rain and your ready for a peaceful nights rest.
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Calm and peaceful Japanese landscape
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This mission church is one of the oldest churches in America dedicated to San Francisco de Asis. It is an outstanding example of adobe mission architecture. Constructed between 1813 & 1815. Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.
The clean lines and earthen materials make it a kindered spirit to modern architecture from the Sarasota School of Architecture. They both integrate the outdoor environment with the architecture using simple materials and clean lines in the design.
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Adobe mission church San Francisco de Assis, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.
Spiral cherry wood staircase, one of a twin. Designed by Michajah Burnett for the Trustee’s house at the Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
I was commissioned by Nikon to use all their lenses to show each to it’s full creative and technical performance. The 8mm fisheye lens proved to be a challenge because it drew so much attention to the technical characteristic of the circular format. I felt it easily took away from the engaging aesthetics of the subject. That all changed when I came upon this magnificent spiral cherry wood staircase. There was a match between the way the concept of the spiral was formed within the staircase and the format of the fisheye lens. This image is the result.
The image is part of a collection of images I’ve curated illustrating my signature style.
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The single person descending the Great Pyramid at Giza illustrates how large the pyramid is and how small in the scheme of life we are.
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The Great Pyramid of Giza Egypt
A person descending the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt.
Kazakh artists have appropriated the color red as a symbol for the vitality of life in their traditional art for millennia. This field of red poppies is in Ordabasy, Kazakhstan the place where the three major Juz or tribes came together to unify Kazakhstan in 1726 under the leadership of Abulkhair.
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Poppies the color of life
Field of poppies at the historical site of Ordabasy, Kazakhstan.
While researching for my book The Soul of Kazakhstan in the New York public library, I came across a letter Natalya Sedova, Leon Trotsky’s wife, wrote home while exiled in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She exclaimed about the beauty of a late spring snow blanketing the tulips. I remember thinking, what a remarkable image, I’d love to see that. As good fortune would have it, my apartment was across from where the Trotskys lived. On a spring day in April, I was treated to the same beautiful sight.
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Tulips in the snow
I made a reproduction image in my studio of this elegant textile know as a Lamba from Madagascar.
It has been donated to the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Florida
Lamba from Madagascar
Lamba textile from Madagascar.
Saule Iskakova, History teacher in Kegen, Kazakhstan.
When I saw Saule in the town square , I walked over and said “You have a lovely face. May I take your picture?” She said, yes, but one moment: she retrieved her passport containing her photograph as a young woman. “See, she said, ‘I used to be a pretty.’ I responded. “You’re right, and now you are beautiful..”
After decades of photographing people in the places where they live, now I am photographing people in the place where I live Sarasota, Florida.
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Portrait: ‘Once I was pretty’ yes now you are beautiful
Portrait of Kazakh history teacher in Kegen, Kazakhstan.