• 2 Mar0
    Ayutthaya

    Ayutthaya

    I haven’t been to the ancient Thai capitol Ayuttaya (accent on the “yu”) since the 90s, and I hadn’t shot the famous Buddha head embraced by tree roots.The city was destroyed in the 18th century by Burmese invaders- that’s why Bangkok is the capitol today- and not restored until the 20th when the head was […]

     
  • 26 Feb0
    Magha Puja Day in Thailand

    Magha Puja Day in Thailand

                  I had the opportunity to photograph the Magda Puja ceremonies at the Dhammakaya Foundation Temple north of Bangkok. Magha Puja celebrates the day Buddha first taught what became Buddhism to 1200 monks and is considered the second holiest day of the Buddhist calendar. Hundreds of thousands of worshipers […]

     
  • 18 Feb0

    Outdoor Photographer Article on Kumbh Mela in India

    The March issue of Outdoor Photographer contains my article on Kumbh Mela, the largest religious festival in the world held along the Ganges every three years. The shooting can be taxing but the rewards are great. I intend to put together a trip for a small group for the next Kumbh, which will be held […]

     
  • 17 Dec0

    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

    Beginning in the 4th Century BC, Anuradhapura was the center of the Sri Lankan empire, continuing until the 11th Century, one of the most durable of Asian empires. Today, the surviving foundations define the plan, a city of monasteries and stupas aligned regulary thoughout a forest. The scale takes a while to grasp. Imagine Angkor […]

     
  • 14 Oct0
    Photo Pro India Workshop: Holi and Holy Sites

    Photo Pro India Workshop: Holi and Holy Sites

          In late February I will lead four to five clients to one of the most exciting events a photograher could imagine, Holi, the Festival of Colors in India. Throngs crowd the streets and pack themselves into temple squares where participants fling colored powder and water on one another, a festive chaos that […]

     
  • 7 May0
    In the Ganges

    In the Ganges

    I had no intention to bathe in the Ganges. I imagined it to be a fetid stew of effluent, sewage, and worse: dead dogs, human corpses, garbage, and the ashes of the dead mixed in muddy water. However, a visit to upriver from Rishikesh changed my mind. The Ganges ran pale blue, the sign of […]

     
  • 30 Apr0
    To Haridwar

    To Haridwar

    Note: I wrote this a few weeks ago when internet was not available. After two uneventful days in Delhi punctuated by a couple forays into the press and confusion of Old Delhi’s alleys, we rose early to beat the traffic enroute to Haridwar. Our putative guide Babir arrived an hour an a half late, moderately […]

     
  • 15 Feb0
    Thaipusam

    Thaipusam

    One of the primary reasons for coming to SE Asia at this time was too shoot Thaipusam for my book on Belief, which I intend to shoot primarily with medium format. It is an annual Hindu festival where many of the celebrants carry large wire floats over their heads supported by metal hooks piercing the […]