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Humanity Too: A Continuing Global Journey by Jim Foster

If you have subscribed to National Geographic magazine–or glanced through it in a doctor’s office while waiting for an appointment–then you’ve seen pictures of the seemingly infinite variety of human beings around our planet:  from Masai herders on the plains of Kenya to dancers at the temples in Angkor Wat and from Russian peasants celebrating a wedding in traditional clothing to novitiate monks at prayer in Myanmar.  Such photos remind us of the majestic, multicultural world we inhabit and of the fascinating differences that define us as well as the common humanity we share.  But what many of us glimpsed in National Geographic, Durangoan Jim Foster has experienced.  He has been an avid world traveler for much of his life and has captured life on Earth through his lens.  This photo journey, the second of two parts, presents more of his photos of people around the world.

Photo of a Chinese woman with an umbrella
A Chinese performer on a Yangtze riverboat

 

 

A beautiful Chinese performer twirls her umbrella as part of a show on a Yangtze River riverboat.  She reflects a rich cultural tradition where politics fades behind grace, beauty, charm, and the elegance of movement.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a horse-drawn taxi in Poland
A horse-drawn carriage taxi in Krakow, Poland

 

 

In a market square in Krakow, Poland, the driver of a horse-drawn carriage waits for passengers.  This taxi’s journey is not only through space but also through time.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Tanzanian house made of mud
A naturally air-conditioned house in rural Tanzania

 

 

A mud house in rural Tanzania with its many small openings serving as vents and windows.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of five red-robed monks with a soccer ball
Five young monks returning to the monastery in Bagan, Myanmar

 

 

Five young monks in saffron robes return to their monastery, their leader hefting a soccer ball.  They can’t devote all their times to meditation and prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of young men surfing on a river in Munich
Young men surfing on a river in Munich, Germany

 

 

A young man catches a wave in one of Munich’s favorite parks.  River wave surfing is an option when you live so far from an ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of people in traditional Russian peasant dress
Traditional Russian greeting with bread and salt

 

Young Russians in traditional dress greet visitors with a loaf of bread topped with salt.  Their greeting, “Khleb da sol,” symbolizes prosperity and health.  In old Russia, members of a household would wear their best clothing and lay a feast for important visitors.

 

 

 

 

Photo of ox-drawn wagons returning from the marketplace in Myanmar
Villagers return from a market in rural Myanmar

 

A parade of ox-drawn carts in rural Myanmar.  Villagers are returning from the marketplace having tried to sell their wares and make enough money to provide for their families.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Myanmar mother balancing a child and firewood
A young mother in Myanmar carrying her child and firewood

 

 

 

This young mother in Myanmar has figured out how to manage child care while bringing firewood home from the market.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a thriving produce market in Bagan, Myanmar
A colorful produce market in Bagan, Myanmar

 

This produce market in Bagan, Myanmar, is like  farmers market in America except that this is a daily chore for these Burmese farmers–and for their customers, who, living in homes with no refrigeration, must shop for fresh food every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Chinese shaman doing calligraphy
Another of Shaman With Calligraphy at Dongba Museum

 

A Chinese shaman wearing a traditional headdress practices calligraphy at the Dongba Museum in western China.  His art requires patience, steady hands, and decades of practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a fisherman bathing in a river in Myanmar
A fisherman baths in the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar

 

 

A fisherman on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar takes time out for a bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of traditional house building in Havana, Cuba
Traditional house building in Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

Horse-drawn carts bring raw materials and supplies to traditional house builders in a residential section of Havana, Cuba.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Sumatran warrior hurdling atop a stone pedestal
A Sumatran man leaps atop a stone pillar to achieve warrior status

 

 

While villagers look on, a Sumatran man leaps onto a stone pillar to become a warrior.  In yesteryear, warriors stole women from other tribes.  Now they steal pigs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a mother bathing her child in a river
Mother bathing her child in the Irrawaddy R

 

 

A mother baths her child in the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Chinese girl wearing a mask
Celebrating Labor Day

 

 

A girl in Tiananmen Square in Beijing wears a colorful mask in celebration of Chinese Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a girl with face paint in Myanmar
Myanmar girl with Thanaka face paint

 

 

 

Thanaka is the traditional Burmese way of beauty.  A white-yellowish paint made from the bark of the Murraya tree is applied to the face (and sometimes arms and legs).  Along with its cosmetic function, Thanaka acts as a sunscreen, and it smells like sandalwood.

 

 

 

 

All photographs are courtesy of James H. Foster, Copyright 2020.   All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Humanity: A Global Journey by Jim Foster

If you have subscribed to National Geographic magazine–or glanced through it in a doctor’s office while waiting for an appointment–then you’ve seen pictures of the seemingly infinite variety of human beings around our planet:  from Masai herders on the plains of Kenya to dancers at the temples in Angkor Wat and from Russian peasants celebrating a wedding in traditional clothing to novitiate monks at prayer in Myanmar.  Such photos remind us of the majestic, multicultural world we inhabit and of the fascinating differences that define us as well as the common humanity we share.  But what many of us glimpsed in National Geographic, Durangoan Jim Foster has experienced.  He has been an avid world traveler for much of his life and has captured life on Earth through his lens.  This photo journey, the first of two parts, presents a few of his photos of people around the world.

Two girls lighting candles at a church
Lighting candles at a church in Korsakov

 

 

Two Russian girls wearing scarves light candles at a church in Korsakov on Sakhalin Island.  This is a ritual repeated in churches of many denominations throughout the world.  We wonder what they are praying for.

 

 

 

 

 

A young indigenous Russian boy with a rope
A Russian boy demonstrates his skill with a rope

 

 

An indigenous Russian boy in Chukotka Province, opposite Alaska, shows his skill with a lasso-type rope.  He is aware of the camera but stays focused on his target.

 

 

 

Photo of a bartender at the Dung Beetle Bar in
The Dung Beetle Bar in Botswana

 

 

 

It’s happy hour at the Dung Beetle Bar in an Okovango Delta camp in Botswana.  Note the figurine of a dung beetle in the lower right.  Don’t be squeamish.  The drinks are dung-free.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Burmese woman smoking a fat cigar
A woman in Myanmar smokes a homemade cigar

 

 

 

A woman in Myanmar smokes a big, fat stoogie while balancing a bundle of sticks on her head.

 

 

 

 

Photo of newlyweds in Indonesia
Bride and Groom in Indonesia

 

 

These newlyweds are leading a march to their wedding feast on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a Cambodian dancer at a temple
Dancer from the Royal Cambodian Ballet

 

 

A dancer from the Royal Cambodian Ballet poses in a temple ruin near Angkor Wat flanked by nearly identically garbed stone figures.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a neighborhood band in Havana
A neighborhood band playing in Havana

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood bands like this one are a common sight in Havana’s arts district.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a student sitting beneath a wall at Munich's modern art museum
A student at Munich’s modern art museum

 

 

 

A student catches up on studies while sunbathing along the colorful wall of Munich’s Museum of Modern Art

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of an Australian woman with a wombat
A young wombat nuzzles its keeper

 

 

In Australia, a young wombat nuzzles its keeper.  Wombats are burrowers with rodent-like teeth.  Full grown, they can be three feet long and weigh around sixty pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of two Masai men wearing red robes
Masai herdsmen in Kenya

 

 

 

Two Masai herdsmen on the dusty plains of Kenya, friendly and perhaps amused by the photographer.  Note their beaded wrist and ankle bracelets.

 

 

 

Photo of two Tanzanian schoolboys
Tanzanian schoolboys mugging for the camera

 

 

 

With mischievous delight in their eyes, these two Tanzanian schoolboys take a break from class to clown for the photographer.

 

 

 

 

Photo of three bathers in an infinity pool in Singapore
An infinity pool in Singapore

 

 

 

This infinity pool atop a high-rise building in Singapore offers an unusual–and perhaps frightening–perspective on a modern, busy city.

 

 

 

 

All photographs are courtesy of James H. Foster, Copyright 2020.   All rights reserved.

 

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Enough Is Enough! Images of Protest

During the week of nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, photographer Robert Greenberg and his wife Maxine joined a peaceful protest in Bethesda, Maryland.  These images capture something remarkable:  the diverse makeup of the crowd expressing outrage at the death of an unarmed, handcuffed African-American man.  Floyd’s murder has brought all races together in a concerted call for action to address racial inequality and police brutality.  Thanks to Bob Greenberg for sharing these photos.

Photo of protesters sitting on pavement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protester with fist raised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters with signs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protester speaking to the crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African-American protester

 

Protesters sitting on the street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protester with "I Can't Breathe" sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protester with child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters sitting in the street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Robert Greenberg.  All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol Salomon’s India: A Human Photo Odyssey

Carol Salomon and Norman Broad had a long and extraordinary trip through India in 2018.  In this photographic odyssey, I am exhibiting some of the best of her photos, focusing not on the well-known tourist sites, which they visited, but on the people of India in everyday settings.  Her people are the heart and soul and India, as these photos attest.

 

Photo of five Indian children
Children in the Coconut Islands

 

These children in the Coconut Islands were returning home from school.  They’re hamming it up for the camera, jazzed by the sheer joy of being noticed by strangers.  Tourists were not a novelty to these children, but each person with a camera was another chance to say, “Look at me!”  Only the girl in the white dress seems unimpressed.

 

 

 

Photo of a small market stall in New Delhi
Coca-Cola stand in New Delhi

 

This tiny market stall on the streets of New Delhi shows how millions of Indians make their living.  The proprietor will spend most of his life here, waiting for thirsty passers-by the buy a bottle of water or a Coke.  He’s one of the fortunate ones.  He has a stall, a space on a busy street from which to sell his wares.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a girl selling flowers
A girl selling flowers in Baranasi, a city on the banks of the Ganges River

 

 

 

This girl with captivating eyes was selling prayer flowers on the banks of the Ganges.  The flowers are floated in the river as a religious offering.  She was a natural salesperson–beguiling and persistent.

 

 

 

 

 

Girl balancing on a tightrope
Girl balancing on a tightrope

 

 

A girl in black balances on a tightrope, wheeling her way across with two small urns stacked on her head.  She’s had lots of practice and must be good.  Landing on the rocks below would not be pleasant.

 

 

Photo of of white-bearded holy man wearing a blue turban
Holy man wearing a blue turban

 

 

 

A holy man wearing a blue turban in Amritsar.  The Golden Temple is in northwestern India, near Pakistan.  It’s a place of continuous worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a beautiful young girl with big brown eyes
A beautiful young girl with big brown eyes

 

 

 

This beautiful girl with big brown eyes gazes at the camera, her face a portrait of both the promise and apprehension of youth.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of two women doing laundry and letting it dry on stacks of straw
Laundry day on a rooftop in Mumbai

 

 

Two women folding laundry that has dried over stacks of straw.  It is a chore endlessly repeated.  Though it’s a warm day, they are covered from head to foot to protect themselves from the sun.

 

 

 

 

Photo of a street beggar in orange
Street beggar in orange

 

 

 

He walks with a cane and has just a small cardboard box of wares to sell, but this streetwise old man in orange crinkles his face up in a smile.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of three young novice monks in red robes
A trio of novice monks beside a stone wall

 

 

Three boys, novices in red robes, take a break from prayer and meditation.  Like the masters of their faith, they cast deep shadows.

 

 

 

Photo of barbers working outdoors in Baranasi
Street barbers ply their trade in Baranasi

 

 

 

 

Need a haircut or shave?  These street barbers in Baranasi are happy to oblige.  No barber pole needed.  Just squat and wait your turn.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of men on a fishing boat hauling in the net
The catch

 

 

Men net fishing from a pier haul in their catch.  When you have no boat, a pier will do.  The fish will come to you.

 

 

 

 

Photo of four women sitting on the banks of the Ganges River
Women along the Ganges River socializing and making sacrifices to float in the water

 

 

 

Women sit on the banks of the Ganges River in Baranasi, making sacrifices to float on the water while catching up on the latest news.

 

 

 

Photo of women dancing during a festival
Women dancing during a festival of lights

 

 

During a festival of lights in Calcutta, women celebrate with dance and song.  This festival, associated with the lunar month, lasts for five days.

 

 

 

Photo of a woman's hands with elaborate henna tattoos on her palms
Woman with elaborate Henna tattoos on her palms

 

 

 

 

A woman in Kerala shows her elaborately henna-tattooed palms.  Henna, or mehndi in Hindi, is a vegetable dye used to create body art like this.  Hers is an especially intricate hand design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of Carol Salomon.  Used. with permission.