Sunday, April 25, 2010

Portraits from India

"Namaste" is used by those in India to both greet and say goodbye. The meaning is: The God/Goddess Spirit in me recognizes and honors the God/Goddess Spirit in you. While saying this, one bows to the other. I found this to be such a beautiful way to really be totally with the other person and the Indian people that I met were masters at this! I was a total stranger and yet when I approached someone requesting the take their portrait, I was never turned away but welcomed in.

When I travel, I find myself constantly drawn to photograph the people. The camera becomes the connection between hearts and eyes when language fails. Through the lens, I saw incredible beauty and character and we always shared a smile. "Namaste" became much more than a word.I hope you enjoy the video below.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Don't Miss the Magic Right in Front of You!

A good friend, Dan Creighton, is an excellent photojournalist and wedding photographer. Dan consistently encourages many not to miss all the opportunities to photograph what lies right in front of us. So often we become desensitized to our surroundings and loose that artistic vision which drew us to photography in the first place.

During the past week, I had to have hand surgery and have been house bound. I have wanted to go out and photograph on these beautiful days but I was able to take Dan's advice and spent some time photographing,with the help of a tripod, the flower arrangements right in front of me. There are always opportunities!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

b by donna m: making travel for women oh so easy!

The synchronistic events in life always amaze me...while getting ready to travel to India with so many restrictions on luggage, I was trying to figure out how to pack all of my camera equipment and still be able to have more than just a toothbrush?! And then an answer... the Today Show presented "b" by donna m as the best clothes suited for women who travel. 5 pieces that fit into a zip lock bag, never wrinkle and can be combined to make countless outfits!!!! The bag fits into a carry on and when luggage is lost, life can easily continue. I contacted Donna right away and she is as nice as her clothes are beautiful! I wore them all throughout India. They are so lightweight (dries easily when washed), soft (feeling as if you could live in these 24/7) and versatile. The temperature was over 100 degrees and many temples require women to wear a covering for head and arms...the clothes transformed perfectly and were so light in the heat enabling me to easily move from one camera to the next. For women who travel, "b" merits nothing less than the highest praise!

PS...From a chapter in the world is such a small place, Donna and I, during the course of our conversation, realized that we grew up 5 minutes from each other and I was able to spend an amazing day with her sister who has been living in India for over 30 years! Three weeks ago, we were total strangers. Life works in amazing ways bringing people in just at the right time!