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Friday, April 29, 2011

Reflections in Provence

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will - whatever we may think.  Lawrence Durrell

I spent three summers in various locations in Provence, each unique and wonderful in it's own way. But the weeks in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue brought unexpected pleasures - delicious food, a spectacular market, a caressing breeze, and best of all - a feast of reflections. Let me know if you agree.

The Gate

Umbrellas on the River

Balcony of Flowers



Bridging la Sorgue

Cafe in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Portholes In Norway

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.  Edvard Munch, Norwegian Painter (The Scream) 1863 – 1944

In the summer of 2004, I voyaged along Norway's fjords searching for the midnight sun and hoping to connect more with my Scandinavian roots. The MS VesterĂ¥len (part of the Hurtigruten Fleet) is a working ship that delivers mail and goods from port to port. After boarding, I drifted into deep relaxation watching the views unfold. To my surprise, it was in my cabin that the scenes impacted me most. I hope you enjoy Portholes as much as I did. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

May as well be here; we are where we are..... Australian Aboriginal saying

Early in 2000 I flew to Wollongong, just south of Sydney, to work with Tom Cavdaravski* on What’s Behind the Empty Chair? - my first foray into filmmaking. Even though we worked 12-14 hour days, I found moments to explore the country.  Some of these reflections were my first view of Australia; others from subsequent trips.  This quote by Tom Dystra - We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man.  We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it – reminds me of my Native American heritage.
*Tom is GATLA's long-time videographer.

Windy Sydney 

Darling Harbour

One of Sydney's Reserves

Cape Tribulation

Preparing for the Olympics

Sydney a la Gaudi

Brisbane at Sunset

Sydney's Chinese Gardens

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Passion Born

Early one morning in 1995, I grabbed my Canon camera already loaded with slide film and began wandering the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia. The occasional sweeper ignored me as I avoided the puddles from the rainy night. I came upon the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ - beautiful in the morning light - and saw something I had never noticed. I quickly took several shots, thinking, "This is either going to be fabulous or pure crap." I was not to be disappointed. The result has been an ongoing love-affair with reflections from around the world. Here are those first images...