Until now, on this blog I’ve shown only images made in India. Although India is my photographic “muse” I am also continuing to work on a number of long-term projects based in America.
I’d like to share my first “made in America” blog post.
I was previously in the Indian (Native American) jewelry business so photographing powwows has been a great way for me to stay connected with Native American traditions.
Powwows are social gatherings that are spiritual celebrations as well as dance and drumming competitions. The colorful regalia (outfits) worn by dancers are equally matched by the passion of the drum groups.
I regularly attend powwows in New Mexico and California and once visited the great Crow Fair in Montana. This gallery is a selection from New Mexico powwows held in 2009 and 2010. I hope the photos convey the sense of wonder and gratitude I feel.
There are 12 large images in this gallery so please hang on if they are a bit slow to load.
His name is Mahant Anand Giri, also known as Anna Baba.
Although he is from South India his primary ashram is in Pokhara, Nepal.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting him when we were both visiting the ashram of his brother Bun Giri Baba in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Below are a few images of devotees receiving his blessings (darshan) along with other moments from my time with him. It was a pleasure meeting him. I hope our paths cross again.
I’ve recently returned from a wonderful trip to India and Nepal and look forward to sharing my journey with you in words and pictures. While I was away WordPress discontinued my blog theme so you may be seeing some changes here soon. Hope you enjoyed the Holidays and that your 2011 is off to a great start.