2011 International Photography Awards – Lucie Foundation


2011 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition

 Some of the top professionals in the business partner with the Lucie Foundation to present the prestigious International Photography Awards, this year I’ve been awarded 7 Honorable Mentions.

Thanks so much to all the judges.

 Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Still Points In A Turning World-Tribal Villages In Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Requiem-Buglisi Dance Theatre”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Portrait category for the winning entry “Ben and his Horse”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Into the Mist in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Sister’s Meal Festival in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Children category for the winning entry “Pheasant Miao boys in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Guping Mountain Miao”

Into the Mists of Time: Guizhou, China

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Artist Statement

Planet : Into the Mists of Time

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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.

The Buglisi Dance Theatre’s Benefit Fete d’Amour

As a preview to their 17th anniversary season on February 15-20th, at The Joyce Theater, The Buglisi Dance Theatre performed at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for the DBT’s benefit ‘Fete ‘d Amour’ on Thursday, December 9th. The celebration of love will unfold this Valentine’s week as DBT performs the world premiere of  ‘Letters of Love on Ripped Paper’. The piece is inspired by letters between legendary lovers, such as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Napoleon and Josephine, and is set to an original score by Daniel Brewbaker.

Buglisi Dance Theatre



Connecting Through Photography


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.

In Gujarat – The Hijras or Eunuchs

Hijras

The Hijras

In India, Eunuchs or Hijras often describe themselves as a third sex, and refer to themselves as “she. They are tolerated when they show up uninvited at special ceremonies such as births and weddings where they cash in for performing dances and blessings.

They are largely left to their own devices to sustain themselves – which include, dancing, singing and sexual embarrassments of various kinds.

It was not always that way for the Hijras.They used to have a place at court and were generally valued by society.

We were staying at the wonderful Rann Riders resort in Dasada, and its owner Muzahid Malik, suggested we visited Becharaji where hijras frequented its temple.”

I had read William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, in which he tells the stories of a few hijras in Delhi. I knew of their existence but didn’t know I would get to meet them.They live in a secret world and do not share their stories easily.

We visited the temple and they suggestively and playfully danced for our cameras amidst some wonderful old broken temple statuary.

Hijras - members of the ‘3rd gender’ in India

Hijras dancing at the Temple

Dancing Hijras

Still Points in a Turning World: In Rajasthan and Gujarat

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I am back from India a few weeks now and after a side trip to California to celebrate with old friends, I am now in the process of creating a new body of work from the images. India is amazingly colorful with rich traditions and rituals. Taking the picture is always just the beginning of the process for me. I am now working in the digital darkroom, the same way I used to work in the traditional darkroom, to tone and create my Infrared images and shape the stories I want to tell.