Natural Beauty.

 

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Inspired by the beautiful photographs taken by Hans Silvester of the people from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. It was an idea that was thought about on and off for months. I have been constantly looking around, especially when I’m driving, for striking bits of flora that I thought would be suitable. The shoot had to be rearranged a couple of times so flowers I originally thought of using were no longer available by the time we got around to taking the photos. The day itself was all very “organic”. It flowed so nicely from the picking and collecting of all the flora on my way to Sally’s (everything was picked and created that morning), to the capturing these beautiful images.

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Many thanks to mother nature for the ever bountiful array of beautiful flora. Also to the lovely Sally for being a most gracious and cooperative model who could see my vision and totally helped me bring it to reality. Thanks to Bec for the black backdrop….. we were originally going to shoot these all outside more akin to Hans Silvester’s images  but I am glad we didn’t. This is far more striking.

 

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What is Happenning in Istanbul?

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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