Terri Gold Wins Grand Prize in Santa Fe Photographic Workshop “Diversity” Competition

I received the wonderful news this week that I have been awarded Grand Prize in Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ 2018 “Diversity” competition with one of my favorite images from Ethiopia, a portrait of a Suri family wearing some of their amazing headdresses in the Omo Valley.

With my work, particularly my ongoing series Still Points in a Turning World“, I am always exploring our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression, so this award is especially meaningful to me.

Many thanks to Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for this incredible honor, and congratulations to the other winners and honorable mentions; may we all continue to celebrate diversity together.  Though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, it is my hope that we recognize our common humanity.

Terri Gold photographs performances by the Martha Graham Dance Theatre

I was so happy to see and photograph the dress rehearsal of the spring season of The Martha Graham Dance Company.

“Throughout her career, Graham was fascinated by visionaries and prophets. In ”Spectre-1914,” Xin Ying is a prophet beholding appalling visions of war as she rises tall and awesome in a black robe. She then manipulated the robe to show its reverse side, making her seem encased in a blood-red shroud.” -Jack Anderson

In my infrared interpretation the robe is white and blue…

Performed by Xin Ying.

 

“In “Embattled Garden,” from 1958, Graham—a lover of myth—tackled the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. (The garden is represented by a field of reeds, designed by Isamu Noguchi). ” -from a New Yorker Review

Performed by So Young An, Lloyd Mayor, Natasha Diamond-Walker, Abdiel Jacobsen.

Visit my website to see more images of the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Terri Gold Photographs 25th Anniversary Season of the Buglisi Dance Theatre

Terri Gold Photographs 25th Anniversary Season of the Buglisi Dance Theatre

I had a wonderful time attending and photographing the fabulous performances and gala for Buglisi Dance Theatre‘s 25th Anniversary Season.  I have been photographing the Buglisi dancers for many years and am always amazed at their talent and grace.

 

Bare to the Wall Suite performed by So Young An, Ari Mayzick, Blakeley White-McGuire, Abdiel Jacobsen, Anne O’Donnell, and Lloyd Knight

  

Requiem performed by Marie Zvosec, Jessica Higgins, Jessica Sgambelluri, Laura Careless, and Ashley Merker

Moss #5 Variation and Dialogues on What Makes Us Human performed by Blakeley White-McGuire, Jessica Higgins, Jessica Sgambelluri, Stephanie Van Dooren-Eshkenazi, Lara Careless, and Ashley Merker

Visit my website to see more images from the 25th Anniversary Season, as well as more images from Buglisi Dance Theatre performances over the years.

 

“Still Points in a Turning World” at Salomon Arts Gallery

“Still Points in a Turning World” at Salomon Arts Gallery

I was so happy to have a  solo exhibit at Salomon Arts Gallery.  My intention for the exhibit was to celebrate cultural diversity; to demonstrate that though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, we can recognize our common humanity.

All cultures celebrate the same things. We have rituals surrounding birth, death, good harvests, courtship, family reunions, rites of passage and more…terrigold_stillpoints-4190010

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I was really happy to have a number of different events with a multicultural group of friends, family, and art collectors and enthusiasts.  I had a cocktail party one night for the cast of Afrimericans, a scripted show following men and women who were born all over Africa and are now living here, a new emerging narrative about  contemporary Africa. It was interesting to see their impressions of their own tribal cultures. There were people from Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon and more…

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Still Points_Afrimericans_Kwame-20One Saturday I gave a talk moderated by Harvey Stein, a photography and long-time teacher at ICP in New York, sharing my stories about our cross-cultural truths; the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.

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Terri Gold and Harvey Stein

I also held a trunk show one day, an event in collaboration with my friend Siamanda Chege and her company Bebe Ravi, and the proceeds were used to help and empower women in Siamanda’s village in Kenya.

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I feel I’m completing the circle sharing the work with so many different people and cultures.

 

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Terri Gold with Rodrigo and Gig Salomon of Salomon Arts Gallery

 

The Mermaid Parade

“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

A sea of Mermaids, Mermen and Sea Creatures  filled  Coney Island Saturday for the 34th annual Mermaid Parade.

The Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and myths of Coney Island.  In hand-made costumes, everyone promenades, sashays and struts riotously down Surf  Avenue. It’s an all inclusive affair with participants from infants to octogenarians.  It’s part-fantasy, part-escapism, but all real –  celebrating  the imagination and  combining all the eccentricities and joys of artistic self-expression !

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Mermaid Parade Collection Wins Award at the International Photography Awards 2015

Mermaid Parade Collection Wins Award at the International Photography Awards 2015

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17836 of submissions from over 153 countries, and is pleased to declare that Terri Gold was awarded Honorable Mention in Event – Traditions and Cultures for the winning entry The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

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The mermaid is an archetypal image that represents a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life, the waters of emotion and sexuality. Traditions and celebrations add rhythm and texture to our lives and provide a genuine feeling of community. I have been photographing the Mermaid Parade for 20 years and it never disappoints. The Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the beginning of summer and the myths of Coney Island.

Gold_Terri_MermaidParade1 Gold_Terri_MermaidParade2 MermaidParade_2015-439Gold_Terri_MermaidParade4.jpg Gold_Terri_MermaidParade5 The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community.