14
Dec 16

Visiting the Taj Mahal

We spent the afternoon in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. I didn’t realize it until I got to the Taj, that it is part of a huge complex of grounds and buildings. Photographs have a difficult time conveying the sheer scope of the place. What sets it apart from other sacred Islamic sites I’ve visited isn’t the size, it is the quality of the workmanship and materials, the craftsmanship, and the carving and ornamentation of the luminous white marble. The Taj Mahal really has to be seen to be believed, it is exquisite.

Taj Mahal. Agra, India. 2016

Taj Mahal. Agra, India. 2016

The light was soft and beautiful and I wanted to photograph the classic view. Three of the minarets had been cleaned and were gleaming white. The fourth minaret was in it’s scaffolding waiting it’s turn. I don’t think it detracts from the photograph, rather it shows that the Taj, no matter how seemingly perfect, is imperfect.


20
May 16

Uighur Life, Xinjiang Provence China

For millennia Western China has been awash in the cultures of Central Asia. Some of their stories have been immortalized in The Arabian Nights and The Travels of Marco Polo.

Uighurs are a Central Asian Turckic people living in the wind swept deserts of Xinjiang Provence in Western China. I hope you enjoy this photo-essay of a seldom seen part of the world.

Boy in a Box. Khotan. Xinjiang, China.

 

Carpet Weaver. Khotan. Xinjiang, China.

 

Silk Merchant. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

Silk Merchant. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

 

Shopper. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

 

Getting Around. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

Getting Around. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

 

Uighur Butcher. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

Uighur Butcher. Kashgar. Xinjiang, China.

 

Game Faces. Turpan. Xinjiang, China.

Game Faces. Turpan. Xinjiang, China.

 

Jade Collectors. Khotan. Xinjiang, China

Jade Collectors. Khotan. Xinjiang, China

You can learn more about the Uighur here.


28
Mar 16

Photography Inspired by Traditional Art

 

33 Parrots Road to China

The 33 Fears, Kyrgyzstan China Border.

How does traditional art influence your image making?

Mist covered mountains on paper and silk paintings have filed my imagination since my late father brought one home from a trip to Beijing long ago. He loved Asia and China in particular. I think it’s because of his influence that I have also had a special place in my heart for Asia and always jump at a chance to travel there. Although it wasn’t obvious to me when I took it, this particular photograph was inspired by the mythical China we see in traditional art.


26
Feb 14

Kyrgyzstan Nomads

I previously wrote about our experience at a Nomad Kyrgyzstan Yurt camp. A remarkable experience, recommended if you ever get the chance. Here is another photo I wanted to share that shows the vastness of the high altitude Central Asian Steppe near the Chinese border.

Yurt, Kyrgyzstan Steppe.

Yurt Camp, Kyrgyzstan Steppe.


04
Dec 13

Friendly Bukhara

I met this lovely young lady while visiting the remarkable Samanid Mausoleum in Bukhara. When she saw me jotting down notes and taking photographs she approached me in that wonderful way children often do. She spoke excellent english and asked question after question from an intelligent curious mind.  A while later she took me around the corner to meet her mother at the family shop. After introductions we chatted a bit and I asked if I could take their portrait.

Mother and Daughter. Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Mother and Daughter. Bukhara, Uzbekistan


03
Dec 13

Song-Kol Lake

This is a black and white conversion of horses grazing at Song-Kol Lake in Kyrgyzstan. It was early on a bitterly cold morning. We had spent the night in a yurt and were headed further into the mountains on our overland passage to China. The sun had just come up to illuminate the distant mountains on the far side of this vast high altitude landscape. The conversion was performed in Silver Efex Pro 2.

High Steppe. Kyrgyzstan

High Steppe. Kyrgyzstan