H. Allen Benowitz

H. Allen Benowitz – Bio 2017

H. Allen Benowitz, a self-taught photographer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business in Manhattan, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides. He enjoyd living at his log home in Burnsville, NC, from spring to fall.

As an evolution from the accomplishments of his professional court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing career, the camera became a natural segue to photography, awakening an earlier passion from childhood.

Recognition for his work includes a Judges’ Award at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest; and award winner B/W photography, One Ear Society. His work has also appeared at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, and in the Wynwood and Miami Design Districts. Among numerous publications in which he has been featured are the Miami Monthly Magazine, Miami Snow Ski Club, Coastal Elegance & Wealth, and ARTnews magazines. His photo subjects include landscape, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure travel.
His highly acclaimed photo, “Behind the Wall,” received national recognition at Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s Holocaust Remembrance Project Awards Dinner in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Benowitz has been invited by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem de Tan-Tan, an annual festival. 20,000 tribesmen and foreign dignitaries met for a cultural and professional exchange mission 500 miles south of Casablanca in the Sahara Desert. The Moussem de Tan-Tan has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities.
Mr. Benowitz has also lectured and exhibited in North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Altapass Orchard in Little Switzerland, the Design Gallery in Burnsville, and at the Andrews Art Museum and Cultural Center, in solo exhibitions.
Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on an humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008” during the”10th Anniversary of Castro’s Five-Year Plan.”
His recent exhibitions: the Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables, FL; the Las Olas Art Fair II, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Toe River Arts Council, Soruce Pine, NC; and the Boca Raton Museum of Art Arts Festival; Ciral Gables Museum; Spectrum-Miami, Wynwood, Miami, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL; AIA Miami Chapter @ The Miami Center for Architecture + Design, Miami, FL. In 2015, his photo "Cigar Lady" was displayed at a private reception at Musee de Louvre; more recently, 23 of his photographs were published in National Geographic's "Your Shot."

His work may be viewed and ordered by contacting him at:
H-Allen@gate.net
305.586.1181
1800 NE 114 Street - 1710
North Miami, FL 33181-3214
[Nov-May/FL]
H. Allen Benowitz, Photographer
H-AllenArt.com, Inc.

[May-Nov/NC]
334 Whispering Pine Lane
Burnsville, NC 28714-9008
305/586-1181C; 828.682.1327
E-mail: H-Allen@gate.net
www.H-AllenArt.com


Portfolio:

Morocco

Adventure Travel - Morocco

I am very pleased to share with you my experience and photographs of a trip to Morocco in December 2006. While a very few were displayed in various art venues, a significant number of my collection have been debuted recently.

These dramatic pictures reflect an exciting trip of a lifetime for this photographer. The collection contains over 200 “keeper” photographs from Morocco.

The trip came about as a result of an invitation by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem de Tan-Tan, an annual festival, where, along with 20,000 tribesmen, we met for a cultural and professional exchange mission 500 miles south of Casablanca in the Sahara Desert. [I was invited, I was advised, after the National Geographic team respectfully declined this assignment, and my website and resume were referred to him. Not unlike Hertz and Avis, I didn’t mind being number two, and I accepted.]

The King flew his private 767 jet, customized from 250 persons for 110 people. Our group of 85 business men and women traveled not first, but received royal, literally flying carpet treatment to Casablanca. This was followed by a flight to Agadir for our initial stay at an oasis called the Sofitel Hotel, located in the Western Sahara Desert on the Atlantic Ocean.

Our group was given a tour of Agadir, which lost its population of 15,000 in the earthquake of 1961, and in a rebuilding mode ever since. We were fortunate to visit La Medina Coco Polizzi D’Agadir, a Moroccan village designed and built by the resident artisan of the same name, including souks, elaborate stonework, mosaic tile, original wood carving, metal scrollwork, and original Moroccan architecture. I had the privilege of being invited by Mr. Polizzi for a personal tour of his home and studio workshop, which was most impressive.

Following an evening of being wined and dined in Agadir, we were whisked through the Sahara Desert down to Tan-Tan, a nomadic tent village on an embankment along the Chbika River where it met the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by sand dunes. We were greeted by Berber and Bedouin tribesmen in their native attire, who sang and chanted to us initially and during our red carpet walk up to the hilltop entertainment tent, where we were dined and entertained by musicians and dancers. We returned to our accommodations where we slept overnight in goat and camel hair tents and blankets.

The next morning, we were transported a short distance away to the festival area where the King’s brother, His Royal Highness, Prince Moulay Rachid, was to greet our group and other dignitaries. The setting was amongst sand dunes in the Sahara where the reception tent was surrounded by a one-mile cordoned-off area and by Berbers and nomadic tribes with their tents and camels. We were greeted by riders from 20 tribes on their dressed-up Arabian horses and camels who were to compete and posture for the Prince.

While waiting for His Royal Highness to arrive, I commented that he would not win a popularity contest if he appeared in a helicopter amidst all the sand. Well, Mother Nature stole his thunder by providing a genuine Saharan Desert sand storm, which challenged all in attendance, as evidenced by many of the photographs viewable on my website in galleries 15 and 16.

The Moussem de Tan-Tan has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities.
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Sand Storm “Sand Storm”

SERVING AS A WEATHER BAROMETER, THIS CONCERNED
DROMEDARY EXPRESSES ITS FEAR IN THE FACE OF AN ONCOMING
SAHARAN DESERT SAND STORM JUST PRIOR TO THE MOUSSEM DE
TAN-TAN; TAN-TAN, MOROCCO 2006

BEDOUIN-BERBER TRIBESMEN III “BEDOUIN-BERBER TRIBESMEN III”

THE BEAUTIFUL ATTIRE OF THESE ARABIAN STALLIONS ARE PROMINENT DURING THE MOUSSEM DE TAN-TAN AS THEIR RIDERS POSTURE FOR HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE MOULAY RACHID AND HIS GUESTS; TAN-TAN, MOROCCO 2006

LA MEDINA ARCHWAY I “LA MEDINA ARCHWAY I”

FORGETTING MY SACRED TRIPOD, I STABILIZED MY CAMERA ON AN ADJACENT COLUMN TO CAPTURE VARIOUS GRADATIONS OF LIGHT DURING THIS TIME EXPOSURE, SYMBOLIZING THE TRADEMARK OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER: DEPTH AND TEXTURE; LA MEDINA COCO
POLIZZI, L’AGADIR, MOROCCO 2006

LA MEDINA SHADOWS “LA MEDINA SHADOWS”

THE EARLY MORNING’S RAYS, OVERSHADOWED BY INTERMITTENT COLUMNS, HIGHLIGHT THE INTRICATE STONE WORK OF ARTISAN COCO POLIZZI, AS WELL AS THE PORTALS OF THE INDIVIDUAL SOUKS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ARCADE; LA MEDINA COCO POLIZZI,
L’AGADIR, MOROCCO 2006

BEAN CULTURE “BEAN CULTURE”

The warmth of this merchant’s most pleasant smile caught my eye as I passed by the open archway inside her souk entryway; LA MEDINA COCO POLIZZI, L’AGADIR, MOROCCO 2006

FRIENDS “FRIENDS”

SEEKING THE COMFORT OF ITS MISTRESS, THIS YOUNG DROMEDARY CUDDLES UP AS AN ONCOMING SAHARAN SAND STORM SOON ENVELOPES THIS NOMADIC BERBER TRIBESWOMAN AND HER ANIMAL WHILE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE MOULAY RACHID FOR THE MOUSSEM DE TAN-TAN; TAN-TAN, MOROCCO 2006

OUTSIDER I “OUTSIDER I”

OUTSIDE A ONE-SQUARE MILE ZONE CORDONED OFF FOR DIGNITARIES AND GUESTS OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE MOULAY RACHID DURING THE MOUSSEM DE TAN-TAN, THIS FAITHFUL NOMADIC TRIBESWOMAN WATCHES THE FESTIVITIES FROM AFAR IN HER COLORFUL BURKA; TAN-TAN, MOROCCO 2006

BEDOUIN PORTRAIT “BEDOUIN PORTRAIT”

I WAS FORTUNATE IN CAPTURING THE UNASSUMING BEAUTY OF THIS BERBER TRIBESWOMAN DURING OUR ROYAL CARPET RECEPTION; CHBIKA RIVER ENCAMPMENT, TAN-TAN, MOROCCO 2006

Night Club

Black Light Dancer 2 “Black Light Dancer 2”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic, risque, and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights
on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Black Light Dancers 3 “Black Light Dancers 3”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic, risque, and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights
on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Black Light Dancers 4 “Black Light Dancers 4”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Black Light Dancers 6 - Exotic Web “Black Light Dancers 6 - Exotic Web”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic, risque, and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Black Light Dancer 5 “Black Light Dancer 5”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic, risque, and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Black Light Dancer 7 “Black Light Dancer 7”

A night club scene in the Design District; exotic, risque, and sensual dancers performing under black, magenta, and purple lights on stage, to the delight of a highbrow audience; Miami, FL 2013

Flora & Fauna of Cali, Colombia

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Exotic Orchid II “Exotic Orchid II”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Exotic Orchid III “Exotic Orchid III”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Early Morning Mystery Buds “Early Morning Mystery Buds”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Purple Orchids “Purple Orchids”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Red Budding Bloom “Red Budding Bloom”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and also the flower of Colombia. 2012

Handsome Goat “Handsome Goat”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and fauna; the orchid is the flower of Colombia. 2012

Cocky Rooster “Cocky Rooster”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and fauna; the orchid is the flower of Colombia. 2012

Fluttering Humming Bird “Fluttering Humming Bird”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and fauna; the orchid is the flower of Colombia. 2012

"Il Golgota" “"Il Golgota"”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and fauna; the orchid is the flower of Colombia. 2012

Nun's Tea Table “Nun's Tea Table”

A five-day hike throughout the cloud and rain forests of the Western Andes Mountains of Cali, Colombia, produced so many beautiful and exotic flowers, varieties of orchid being the most prominent, and fauna; the orchid is the flower of Colombia. 2012

Life in Cuba

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Lady in Red I “Lady in Red I”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Lady in Red II “Lady in Red II”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Man/Gated Doorway “Man/Gated Doorway”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Puerta Media “Puerta Media”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Sitting Room “Sitting Room”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Marble Balustrade “Marble Balustrade”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Dominos “Dominos”

In 2008, Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” This occurred shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba. His pre-storm photographs have preserved the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

Holland

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high through osmosis; Holland 2007

Windmill “Windmill”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high through osmosis; Holland 2007

Bikes at Rest “Bikes at Rest”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high through osmosis; Holland 2007

Dutch Twins “Dutch Twins”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high on secondary smoke; Holland 2007

Jazz Guitar Player “Jazz Guitar Player”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high on secondary smoke; Holland 2007

Amsterdam Canal Boat “Amsterdam Canal Boat”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high on secondary smoke; Holland 2007

Tulips in Prime “Tulips in Prime”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high on secondary smoke; Holland 2007

Wines at Rest “Wines at Rest”

Kuekenhoff Gardens

Amsterdam Canal “Amsterdam Canal”

A seven-day bike and barge trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and back, pedaling through little villages and hamlets, allowed me to capture Dutch culture and its charming people, waterways, and the nation's character, while occasionally passing by open cafes getting high on secondary smoke; Holland 2007

Contemporary Modern

Fine art photography, as well as work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of my cultural photography.

Jose Fuster's Home Studio, Havana, Cuba “Jose Fuster's Home Studio, Havana, Cuba”

Photographer H. Allen Benowitz will show framed fine art photography, as well as his work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of his cultural photography.

Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao II “Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao II”

Photographer H. Allen Benowitz will show framed fine art photography, as well as his work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of his cultural photography.

New Town “New Town”

Photographer H. Allen Benowitz will show framed fine art photography, as well as his work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of his cultural photography.

Hot Rod “Hot Rod”

Photographer H. Allen Benowitz will show framed fine art photography, as well as his work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of his cultural photography.

Four Eyes “Four Eyes”

Fine art photography, as well as work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of my cultural photography.

River Reflection III “River Reflection III”

Fine art photography, as well as work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of my cultural photography.

River Reflection I “River Reflection I”

Fine art photography, as well as work on canvas and mounted on acrylic, from international locales depicting exotic architecture and a mini-retrospective of my cultural photography.

Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao I “Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao I”

Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao I
Enamored by how the red bridge spills over to the
artistic side of the overall composition of multiple
art installations, I was compelled to capture the
contemporary and modern architectural design
of Frank Gehry’s museum, stealing the show from
the art within. Bilbao, Spain. 2009
H. Allen Benowitz

Old Town “Old Town”

Old Town
The Basque-named old town of Donostia resides on
the North Coast of Spain; this interesting, rainy-day
perspective of old town provides far-reaching depth
into it ancient and modern local culture; San
Sebastian, Spain. 2009
H. Allen Benowitz

India

I have always been fascinated by India - the people, their history, culture, architecture, occupations, and poverty. A seven-day trip on the government-run "Palace on Wheels" train was truly an unforgettable adventure.

Traveling through the cities of Rajasthan in northern India, I explored ancient forts, Hindu temples, and maharaja palaces, while speaking with and learning about the hard-working inhabitants of this spellbinding land. Lost in the lens of my camera, I was able to focus on people and places in an honest visceral way, preserving treasured moments to share with others.

Contained herein are a number of samples for your viewing pleasure.

H. Allen Benowitz
H-Allen@gate.net
www.H-AllenArt.com
305.586.1181

Mother & Child “Mother & Child”

MOTHER & CHILD
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 2004

Boy Band “Boy Band”

BOY BAND
Sandstone Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan,
India 2004

Party Camel “Party Camel”

PARTY CAMEL
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan,
India 2004

Shy Boy I “Shy Boy I”

This grown-up-too-fast child's expression appears to reflect his young life's frustration with poverty, hardship, and street life reliance on begging; Rajasthan, India 2004.

Shy Boy I “Shy Boy I”

Rajasthan, India 2004.

Shy Boy II “Shy Boy II”

Rajasthan, India 2004.

Japan - China

Also known as the Rokuon-ji-Temple, built in the 1220s on Mirror Pond, the 1st floor reflects palace-style architecture, "Ho-sui-in," the 2nd floor was built in the style of a samurai house, called "Cho-on-do," and the 3rd floor was designed in the Zen temple style, named "Kukkyo-cho." The 2nd and 3rd floors are of gold-leaf; upon the roof rests a golden Chinese phoenix; Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

Golden Pavilion [H] “Golden Pavilion [H]”

Also known as the Rokuon-ji-Temple, built in the 1220s on Mirror Pond, the 1st floor reflects palace-style architecture, "Ho-sui-in," the 2nd floor was built in the style of a samurai house, called "Cho-on-do," and the 3rd floor was designed in the Zen temple style, named "Kukkyo-cho." The 2nd and 3rd floors are of gold-leaf; upon the roof rests a golden Chinese phoenix; Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

Golden Pavilion [V] “Golden Pavilion [V]”

Also known as the Rokuon-ji-Temple, built in the 1220s on Mirror Pond, the 1st floor reflects palace-style architecture, "Ho-sui-in," the 2nd floor was built in the style of a samurai house, called "Cho-on-do," and the 3rd floor was designed in the Zen temple style, named "Kukkyo-cho." The 2nd and 3rd floors are of gold-leaf; upon the roof rests a golden Chinese phoenix; Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

Lakeside Solitude I “Lakeside Solitude I”

On a frozen lake at the Imperial Summer Resort at ChengDe in Hebie Province north of Beijing. The Kangxi Emperor built the first palaces there in the early 18th Century, and his grandson, Qianlong, added the vast surrounding park; ChengDe, Peoples Republic of China, 2002.

Lakeside Solitude II “Lakeside Solitude II”

On a frozen lake at the Imperial Summer Resort at ChengDe in Hebie Province north of Beijing. The Kangxi Emperor built the first palaces there in the early 18th Century, and his grandson, Qianlong, added the vast surrounding park; ChengDe, Peoples Republic of China, 2002.

What a Face “What a Face”

Close encounter with beautiful child at a nursery; Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

"Koi" Little Child “"Koi" Little Child”

Near Matsumoto Castle, on the Sensai Bridge over a canal, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, 2002.

Hide and Seek “Hide and Seek”

While walking past a nursery in the temple and shrine area of Kyoto, I captured this little girl hiding from her friends in a playground; Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

"Don't" “"Don't"”

At Tian'anmen Square, my camera's curiosity of these Chinese Communist soldiers marching in disciplined unison was met by the universal sign language caveat - but too late: "Gotcha!"; Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 2002.

Asia

Sri Lanka-Nepal-Bhutan-Singapore 2014

A photo journey to the Asian Himalayas, visually capturing shrines, temples, people and local cultures and rituals, their lifestyles, occupations, architecture, and landscape. The 28-day photo journey culminated in achieving my goal of trekking to the top of Taktsang, a/k/a Tiger's Nest, the Buddhist monastery, at 10,200 feet.

Water Lilies “Water Lilies”

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sunset “Sunset”

Chitwan National Forest, Sri Lanka

Colorful Man “Colorful Man”

Pokhara, Nepal

Mother & Child II “Mother & Child II”

Durban Square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sentry Spires “Sentry Spires”

Overlooking the Himalayas; Paro, Bhutan

Monk “Monk”

Tadzong Fortress, Bhutan

Monk in Waiting “Monk in Waiting”

Trongza Dzong, Bhutan

"Namaste" II “"Namaste" II”

Jambay Festival, Bumthang, Bhutan

Sweet Child in Green Robe “Sweet Child in Green Robe”

Jambay Festival, Bumthang, Bhutan

Reclining Buddha's Soles “Reclining Buddha's Soles”

Dambulla Cave, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sitting Buddhas “Sitting Buddhas”

Dambulla Cave; circa 2rd-3rd centuries; Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Illusory Reflection “Illusory Reflection”

Atrium, The Dome; Singapore

Cactus Flower “Cactus Flower”

Atrium, The Dome, Singapore

Atrium “Atrium”

Atrium, Mandarin Marina Bay Hotel, Singapore

Sitting Buddha “Sitting Buddha”

At 169 feet tall, the largest buddha in Bhutan; Buddha Hill, Paro, Bhutan

Monk Polishing Brass Bells “Monk Polishing Brass Bells”

Hands in motion, this monk steadfastly polishes the monastery bells; Taktsang, Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan

Tiger's Nest “Tiger's Nest”

Cliffside Monastery, Taktsang, Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan

Sunbeams in the Mist “Sunbeams in the Mist”

Early morning sun casts its spell on nature; Atrium, The Dome; Singapore

Halo “Halo”

Made of bronze and gilded in gold and the largest sitting Buddha in the world at 169 feet, the Buddha Dordenma Statue sits atop a prayer-flag-festooned hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park; Thimphu, Bhutan. 2014