Delighted to have more great press on my Omo Valley work – this time from L’Oeil de la Photographie, a daily photo magazine.
I’m very excited to be featured on Revue Camera, a fabulous French/English photography magazine.
I was thrilled and honored to be a guest on WBAI’s First Voices Indigenous Radio this morning with John Kane.
You can hear the program here:
Click “Play” or “Download” next to the First Voices Indigenous Radio program on Thursday, April 10th at 9am.
It was wonderful to speak with John, who is so passionate about not only preserving ancient traditions, but seeing traditional societies adapt to our rapidly changing world.
As material and technological improvements replace old traditions in rural village life the cultural impact radiates throughout the community. In the encounters I have when traveling and photographing tribal life there are fleeting moments of connection. We know we are different but similar at the same time. The encounter can lead to a personal connection through photography.
It is this spontaneous connection I am looking for.
Change is coming and is inevitable and the unique traditions that separate our ancient cultures are vanishing. I hope to capture and make images that celebrate our differences and our common threads.
The group would arrive at a village and spread out to see who we could meet and what was the story here.
Village life is quiet in the heat of the day- much of the work is done early in the morning and at the end of the day, so people had time to invite us into
their homes for tea.We met school children everywhere and sometimes would go into the schools and talk to them about where we are from.
By the time we left a village we would have a trail of children and others following us back to the van. It was a good way to connect but often at odds with
creating an unposed photographic moment.
There was curiosity on both sides. The women dress in floating pink and orange chiffon saris no matter
what kind of work they are doing. They are the most colorful part of the harsh desert landscape.
Yet for me , it is often my split toned infrared images, stripped of color, that capture the feel of the land and the rhythm of the life here.
The next day we returned for lunch and created some portraits in the gardens. This beautiful garden was down a hidden lane one would never easily stumble on. Always good to be open to surprises when traveling or more importantly open to creating them. My quote for today from the Analects of Confucius
“Practice meandering towards the center of every place.”