My photo in the Tibet Film Festival

I took this photo in Tibet last summer, and now it’s going to be in the photo exhibit that goes along with the Tibet Film Festival in the UK. Films are showing in London throughout July, then traveling the UK for the remainder of the year. Best of all, I’ll be in London for the summer, so I’ll get to see it. Very exciting!

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Dream of the Turquoise Bee: Trip to Tibet

My trip to Tibet last year was the inaugural year of the “Dream of the Turquoise Bee” Tibet trips led by Dianne Aigaki–incredible artist, world traveler, and more than anything else just one of my favorite people on the planet. You couldn’t do better than this for an authentic trip to a part of Tibet that few westerners ever get to see. Following is the announcement that Dianne sent out. If you’re interested, check out the itinerary or Dianne’s blog, which has fantastic stories about getting ready for last year’s adventure. Enjoy! An unparalleled experience for botanical illustrators, photographers, landscape[…]

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Tibetan yak leather saddle bags

I finished a pair of these, and attendant acoutrements, just before Christmas–one for me, and one for John. So far I can’t take it out of the house without getting comments, and I hear he’s had the same experience–so it worked… While walking through Kanze in Kham (Tibet) with John and our friend Sandy, I spied what looked like some sweet leather work in a shop window. We went inside and it was quickly clear that it was some REALLY sweet leather work, and there was plenty more of it; we were in a leatherworking shop, and the owner/craftsman was[…]

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Tibet Day tomorrow

Tomorrow I’ll be at Fort Mason in San Francisco with my Tibetan teacher for the Bay Area Friends of Tibet’s 24th Tibet Day. My teacher, Lobsang Tsering, has a non-profit called Tibetan Living Communities that is dedicated to the improvement of education and medical care for Tibetan refugees throughout India. We’ll be talking to people and, I think, writing people’s names in Tibetan script. Come on by if you’re in the area!

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Tibetan lessons continue

The fun continues. I’ve learned the alphabet, which is no small task, as it turns out. There are 30 consonants and 4 additional vowels, but although the written word is read left to right, it turns out that many of the letters can be stacked on top of each other to create new sounds. We’re on to basic grammar and vocabulary now, so I thought I’d sum up some of what I’ve learned about getting the hang of the alphabet (for English speakers). The language is read left-to-right, and letters are aligned at the top (ours are aligned at the[…]

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Tibetan lessons begin

I had my first Tibetan lesson on Friday. I’m very excited about learning this language. I speak a tad of Spanish and French and seem to inexplicably understand some German, but I don’t *really* speak anything other than English. Theoretically, Tibetan is kind of ridiculous to learn…possibly even less useful than Finnish. But since I’m hoping to do lots more Tibet-related stuff, I think it will be very useful. The hardest part is learning a new alphabet that corresponds to sounds we don’t have in English. But, I’m using my synesthesia to my advantage; I realized that I can associate[…]

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Tibet photo album

I’ve gone through everything, finally, and have an album of photos from Tibet that I’m really happy with. I’ll probably monkey with one or two a little more, but basically I think I can put these photos to bed and focus on some newer ones! Here are a few that weren’t in the original “quick & dirty” album I put up right after I got back:

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I went to Tibet

If you know me, you heard me talk about it incessantly before and after. It was all I hoped it would be and more. It was outstanding and genuinely life-changing. The people in our group were wonderful; the Tibetans were just fantastic. Very curious about all of us, and they loooooved my pink hair. I had several sincere inquiries as to whether the color was natural. We spent a night in a nunnery; we herded yaks; we set out prayer flags; we were questioned by the police. I saw a monk with a Playboy fanny pack. Frankly it would be[…]

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Where am I now?

I’m back from Tibet, which was OUTSTANDING. I’ve been doing some solid photography. I spent Sunday at the Iowa State Fair. I’m coming home tomorrow, and I’ll have tons of photos to edit and post. Plus I can’t wait to get started on some projects!

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