Life Along The Riverbanks

As a photographer, going India is like being a kid in a candy shop. The colors, the expressions, the sounds, the haze, and just the overall richness of life can be seen in every corner of this amazing country. Perhaps this is why so many photographers make repeated trips here; in fact, Steve McCurry, the legend himself, has made over 80 trips to India!

On a recent trip to India, one of the many things that fascinated me was the sacred relationship between the people and the river. It is no secret that people living in the Indus Valley region have relied on the river for physical and spiritual survival. Perhaps this is why there are efforts to officially recognize India’s rivers as living beings (much like the recent designation of the Whanganui River in New Zealand as legally equal to a human).

Here are a few images that help to encapsulate this relationship between humans and their sacred sister, the Yamuna River.

 

 

 

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Silhouettes from South Africa

 

During my time in South Africa, among all the beautiful and fascinating sights that I took in, I was most captivated by the people.  There is such a vibrancy of character in this country and I loved looking into the eyes of people I met to read their deeper story.  Another thing I began noticing was the beauty of posture and shape. I found that I could learn a lot about somebody just by looking at their silhouettes.  Here is a small collection of those vibrant stories, told through shadow and light.
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Ocean Therapy

It’s been a few months since I last stepped foot onto a voyaging canoe. I didn’t realize just how much I needed to reconnect again with the ocean until I got to join a training sail yesterday with some of my favorite people. I needed ocean therapy desperately. There’s something about the combination of wind, water, and teamwork that reinvigorates the soul. I’m so glad I was reminded of that again. Here are a few images from yesterday. Mahalo Hikianalia and my wonderful crewmembers/friends/ohana.

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Exploring the Landscapes of my Imaginary Childhood

Growing up in New York, I always had a yearning to run away and live in the woods. The romantic idea of being lost in nature and away from civilization started then and has remained with me to this day. However, instead of experiencing that feeling of escape, the best I could do was pretend to have a backyard that served as a gateway into the wilderness. I would imagine a world where I would climb each tree, name each rock, and swim in each river.  Books like “Where the Wild Things Are”, “My Side of the Mountain”, and “Bridge to Terabithia” (not to mention every Calvin and Hobbes compilation) helped to add color to this imaginary world in my head.

Last weekend, I visited the gorgeous woods of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State for the first time. It was here that I reconnected with that 7 year old dreamer I had all but forgotten about. After more than 20 years, I’m so glad to find a place that perfectly matches the imaginary wilderness of my childhood. Here are a few images from that trip:

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Manu’a – Part I (Village Life)

Manu’a – the outer islands of American Samoa – is the one place in the world I feel most at home and connected.  I love this place so much….the sights, the sounds, the smells, the smiles, and the amazing raw energy of the island itself. Last week, I got to spend a few days here to recharge.  Here is a glimpse of what village life is like when you are largely disconnected from modernity.

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Bella Luna: Part I

I’ve always been fascinated with the moon, especially with the bond that women have to the moon. Here are the first steps in my artistic journey to better understand that bond.

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