Adventure is out there…

“Adventure is out there, but it’s also in here.It’s an inner game. What separates adventure from the mundane is an openness to the unexpected and a willingness to embrace it, laugh your way through it when you aren’t gritting your teeth, and learn from it. It’s not a freedom from fear, it’s an unwillingness to let it have even one day of your already beautiful, short, fragile, one-of-a-kind life. It’s being present, 100% in your art, your relationships, the way you raise your children, and the way you open your heart to strangers. You can do that from home and you can do that from the base camp of Everest. It’s a choice, a posture of the mind and heart. It is not the exclusive domain of the privileged, the healthy, or the strong. It is for all of us that, if you’ll pardon the worn cliche, are we are willing to hear the music and have the courage to dance without shame.”

I read this today on David duChemin’s Pixelated Image blog and it resonated with me…Life is the grand adventure and we are all in it together.

I am so thankful for all the people in my life who share their journeys with me and allow me to share mine.

Yushi Festival in Kham

Yushu Festival in Kham

Save The Date: Terri Gold’s Art Opening

Terri Gold           

                    
Into the Mists of Time in Guizhou, China
 

Images of  China’s vanishing tribal heritage.

Artist Reception: November 3rd  |  6pm – 8pm

Keyes Art Projects | 551 West 21st / 4th Flr/NYC  |  917-509-1379



November 3rd – 28th | Gallery Open Wed – Sat 11am to 6pm and by appt.



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Into the Mists of Time: Guizhou, China

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Artist Statement

Planet : Into the Mists of Time

4 North Main Gallery     Southampton , New York      Opening Friday July 29th 5 to 8 pm

                                                                                                                                                   

 

My ongoing body of work, “Still Points in a Turning World”, explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression. This chapter in the series is entitled “Planet: Into the Mists of Time”.

 In April 2011, I returned to Guangxi and Guizhou China, an area rich in minority culture and stunningly beautiful. When I was last there in 1997, I visited Miao, Dong and Shui villages that had never received western guests. I wondered how different it would be…

 Each day our van would climb around hundreds of switchbacks, our faithful driver Chen, his eyes totally focused, honking at each bend. Winding our way through 2000-year-old rice terraces intricately carved into the mountainside, higher and higher into the mists, the landscape green and lush, roads newly built and muddy, finally we would arrive.

 The villagers awaited us with welcome ceremonies that have not changed for generations. Men playing bamboo flutes and women dancing in magnificent, elaborately hand-embroidered outfits with sparkling silver pheasant and dragon headdresses. The older people are still wearing traditional dress everyday but the next generation only wears these colorful garments for festivals. This is a significant change, for these tribes’ identity is best represented by their intricate textile work. Now the younger generation wants a different life.

 The city has become a synonym for modernity, the country backwardness. These are not stagnant societies there is change in the air. It is predicted that in the next few decades, China will experience the largest human migration in the world’s history, from rural to urban. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise of healers and weavers, silversmiths and musicians, poets and saints.

 My work is interpretive in nature. My technique involves creating imagery using the invisible infrared light spectrum. Working with infrared light suits the subject matter and the timeless quality of the images. The post processing is part of my medium creating work that combines the use of the lens with technology.

 We all lose when ancient skills and visionary wisdom are forgotten. . Traditions and rituals are still points, they are our histories and our connections to the past, and they are our future as well.  As a “visual archeologist” I am interested in capturing these last moments of the tapestry of tribal life.

Global Travel Contest Winner – Planet Magazine

http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2011/04/planet-magazine-2011-global-travel.html

Planet magazine has announced the results  of its Global Travel Contest (General Category), and  I so  was pleased to be  named one of  the winners  with an infra-red image made during my trip to the Tribal areas of Rajasthan & Gujarat , which took place in January 2010.
  My infrared images can be seen on my  website Terri Gold World Imagery.

Departure and Arrival

This is a great moment, when you see, however distant, the goal of your wandering.

The thing which has been living in your imagination suddenly becomes a part of the tangible world.

– Freya Stark


 

 

Off to China – leaving this afternoon – into the wild blue yonder…

I will post pictures if I can – if not I will be back in touch when I return late April !

Practice meandering towards the center of every place

Sisters Meal Festival-Guizhou, China 1997

These last days before I leave  are always the hardest-a mix between organizing my art, business and life at home, trying to make my bags lighter and focusing on my goals for the trip – how to go deeper – to see with feeling. I have been rereading”The Art of Pilgrimage”, a book I always look at before I leave .

I came across these thoughts and  I am printing them  to read each morning

A good way to begin the day…

The Five Excellent Practices Of Pilgrimages

Practice the arts of attention and listening.

Practice renewing yourself everyday.

Practice meandering towards the center of every place.

Practice the ritual of reading sacred texts.

Practice gratitude and praise-singing.

South Of The Clouds – In Guizhou and Guangxi

A Toast In Guizhou

South Of The Clouds – as Southwest China is known – is pastoral, stunningly beautiful, richly steeped in minority culture – I am returning to the provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou in April, which I last visited In 1997.
I will be traveling from village to village, with my sister and a few others. Along the way  engaging with local families and exploring their individual customs, history and lifestyles and how they are changing with the incursion of the modern world. The rich tapestry of minority life is truly Guizhou’s majesty. In 1997 I visited villages that had never received western guests. I wonder how different it will be…
As we gradually make our way to Guangxi, we watch the surrounding landscape evolve. One destination is Guilin, where stunning scenes of  limestone hills across a horizon of lakes and rice fields, have been the source of inspiration for Chinese painters for centuries.

Getting ready now- in expedition mode-assembling all my gear-reading and studying about the culture and getting focused mentally on what I might want to create knowing it will evolve once I get there.

Terri Gold : Artist Reception : Keyes Art

My ongoing body of work, “Still Points in a Turning World”, explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.

My earliest memories are of spinning a globe, always drawn to the last mysterious corners of the world. Photographing the people, festivals and sacred sites in the tribal areas of Asia, my passion is to visually capture the rituals that define our lives and to create images that explore our human connections as they are formed. I am interested in the different ways in which people find meaning in their lives, how an individual explores his or her existence through their traditions. I love the still quality of a photograph that captures a fleeting moment in time. I’m interested in making that moment as beautiful and mysterious as possible. We are still and still moving.

This series is from my travels to Southern Rajasthan & Gujarat and the Southwestern region of China called Kham. The imagery explores the tribal cultures of the Rabaris, Bhils and in China, the world of the Tibetan Khampas. In these villages the traditions of different millennia co-exist side by side.

Terri Gold at Keyes Art

Keyes Art Reception

Julie Keyes and Nathan Joseph

Keyes Art