FLY INTO THE SUN
The 24th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction
Saturday, July 29 | 6:00pm-midnight
On Saturday, July 29, 2017, The Watermill Center invites you to enter another world, one conceived by Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson and International Summer Program participants of all disciplines and backgrounds. Described as an enchanted forest and performance art extravaganza, the Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. All funds raised support The Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs that provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work.
Happy to have 2 of my images of Kushti Wrestlers in the auction this summer !
Claiming the title of “visual anthropologist,” photographer Terri Gold is celebrated for her infrared portraiture of indigenous cultures and ritual. Influenced by early explorers-turned-photographers, Gold takes her cameras through deserts and remote villages, capturing the diversity that the world has to offer. Her prints of the Kushti Wrestlers from Rajasthan tell the story of this ancient form of wrestling practiced in India for more than 2,000 years. Gold’s work has garnered many awards, is shown in galleries internationally and published extensively.
—Courtesy of The Watermill Center
We went to a royal wedding in Jodhpur, our wonderful Rajasthani guide obtained an invitation for us through the bride’s family. The rituals and colors were amazing, with many maharajahs and diplomats in attendance. There was a marvelous procession: the groom entered on a white horse dressed in gold brocade with many of the maharaja’s walking beside him, drums, horns and bells were blaring and prayers were offered. They were greeted by guests ready with marigold garlands to drape over their heads. The men carried antique family swords wrapped in scarfs – its called peace tying. Their colorful turbans flowed down their backs and some wore beautiful turban jewels. Quiite a site…
The women were in a different area, at this wedding they celebrated separately.
Mark Twain: “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
The Varanasi Ganga Aarti takes place every sunset at holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Nevada Wier is an award-winning travel and fine-art photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Enjoy her musings, creative tips, and practical suggestions. Excelsior!