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Category Archives: Photography
The Dreaming of Cuba exhibit is now being shown at the Teaism at Lafayette Park located at 800 Connecticut Ave. NW. This follows the November 10 exhibit and dialogue on Cuba at the Petworth Citizen, which took place during FotoWeekDC.
About the Exhibit
Close your eyes and think of Cuba…What types of images does it conjure in your mind? In spite of its isolation or maybe because of it, the forbidden island of Cuba is incredibly diverse and rich in terms of its history, culture, arts and the environment. In spite of their continuing struggle or perhaps because of it, the Cuban people have become stronger and more resourceful. I traveled to Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales. All these places were beautiful! Whether I was walking the street in Havana, horseback riding in Viñales, or listening to live music in Trinidad, everywhere I went I stumbled across beautiful colors and captured these images.
I was born in New Delhi, India and grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and later in Houston, Texas. I have traveled to over 30 countries and lived in Thailand, Bolivia, Zimbabwe and El Salvador. My favorite countries are India, Mexico, Ghana, Brazil, Cuba and Turkey. I have lived in DC on and off since 1995.
Musings About Photography
Photography immortalizes the magic of people and places. The flexibility and mobility of the photographic medium lends itself to spontaneous exploration. It helps me to create images from transitory, fleeting moments by freezing them in time. My images may have diverse themes, however, they all have one thing in common–my eye, my way of seeing, and my relationship with people and places. Some of my images are purely aesthetic, while others are of a documentary nature giving insights into the people and culture of a particular place. Photography allows one to challenge his or her temporary, momentary existence in a two dimensional way. It transforms one’s fleeting existence into “permanent immortality.”
Join me in this journey not to another country, but to another kingdom–the Plant Kingdom! Gardening is both rewarding and challenging for me. I am always learning new things. For example, it is so important to continually build and nourish the soil. Gardening is not just about growing plants, but growing the soil. Check out the film Symphony of the Soil. Also it is so important to have plants that help to sustain beneficial insects, like bees, to help pollinate crops. Open-pollinated seeds are important because they allow people to save seeds. I am appalled at what Monsanto is doing worldwide with their patented seeds and pesticides. They pretend like they are helping farmers, but instead they are wreaking havoc on rural communities worldwide and putting our global food supply in serious jeopardy. Check out Seed Savers and Millions Against Monsanto. Want to test your Plant IQ? Take the Plant IQ quiz.