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Ancient Temples ~ Current Conflicts

Exhibited Los Angeles May 2014

Over the last fifteen years we have explored and photographed the landscape, religious cultures' and peoples of the Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms, and Southern Asia. They are all vibrant and distinctive, yet the region's art, architecture, and traditions share much in common, due to the extraordinary influence of sacred beliefs that spread across this arc of Asia centuries ago. My collection of images are poignant and uniquely presented and will hopefully stir your thought and aesthetic. While you are a part of the web-site/gallery space and absorbing the images, keep in mind all of these sacred areas, other than Bhutan, are now in conflict or have been in the very recent past. History is replete with war, genocide, and hatred: the absence of peace. A continuum of effort to create global peace is constant, but the goal has yet to be achieved, even in this region of extraordinary sacred and spiritual thought. It is our good fortune to be able call America "home".

Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar
Angor Wat, Cambodia
Sadhu Kathmandu, Nepal
Valley of Bagan, Myanmar

There is a story, believed to be of Cherokee origin, in which a girl is troubled by a recurring dream in which two wolves fight viciously. Seeking an explanation, she goes to her grandfather, highly regarded for his wisdom, who explains that there are two forces within each of us, struggling for supremacy, one embodying peace and the other war. At this, the girl is even more distressed, and asks her grandfather who wins. His answer; "The one you feed."