New York City is Black, White and All-Encompassing

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I see New York City in black and white.

Take away all the flickering lights, the sirens and neon dashboards of Time Square.  Strip away the info panels and varying colors of orange, yellow and blue emanating from street posts, from billboards of business and commerce.  Add a sunny fall day.  Let it stretch out those oblong shadows, appearing like identical characterizations chasing every man, woman, child, pet dog and moving transportation.  Let it bounce off the glass cathedrals that tear into the sky, reflecting once, twice, maybe three times into the soft shower of diffusion. Add clouds and see the geometry of humanity unfold in pattern after pattern, revealing how intrinsically woven we are into the chaos of Mother Nature.

It’s maddening among the crowds as they each race toward their God-given creed.

Now, turn all to black and white and there only remains a lingering elegance of time passed, one cherished from the yesteryears that will only be forgotten as one shiny element after another flares passed the weary observer.

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New York City

_N9A9693New York’s is pretty damn great.  The thinner the dough, the crispier the crust, the more one can indulge in the topping’s flavors.  Another spectacular characteristic about the city of New York are its’ people.  There are millions.  And thousands of languages.  With my couple of weeks exploring NYC I’ve taken to walking, using two feet to get everywhere.  I find it’s the absolute best way to observe one’s surroundings, watch city-life pass by and happen upon those split-second moments that will never occur again.

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India – People + Places

They-Told-Us-To-Sit---Version-3India is a monstrous mothership of light.  I’ve spent 8 months total in the country, traveling from north to south along the west edges.  It is its’ own planet, huge and all-consuming.  I love reflecting back on my travels; the people, culture, food, the lessons learned.  I can’t wait to return.

An-Orange-Dove---Version-2Buddhist monk passing along a Peace Crane made out of origami paper

DSC_0037999---Version-2Man & hut in the Gujarat Desert

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Shiva's-MaskingShiva on the streets of New Delhi

Thoughts-of-Another-Home---Version-2Exhaustion in exile in the Himalayas

DSC_0016999---Version-2Boys outside the meeting hall

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Africa – People + Places

Cultures-ClashI’ve been sifting through imagery as I prepare to head to New York City for the 2013 Eddie Adams Workshop and meetings with potential clients.  What I’ve found has allowed me to relive the beautiful memories of past travels and the people and places I met.  Here, Africa represents itself in all its wondrous enjoyment, with the hopes of near returns on future assignments.

DSC_0086-(4)---Version-3Hamar, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

DSC_0206---Version-3Somewhere in the Afar Desert, Ethiopia

Gold-Stars,-Happy-FacesThe Layla House Adoption House, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

DSC_0179---Version-3The streets of Lagos, Nigeria

DSC_0024---Version-2The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

DSC_0307-(1)---Version-5Hamar boy, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

High-RisenDiani Beach, Kenya

DSC_0009-(4)---Version-3Hamar girls, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Tuti-AliveTuti, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Photo Essay: 12/21/12, Lamanai, Mayan Ruins, Belize (not the end of the world)

As prophesied throughout the Western world, 12/21/12 was thought to be the last day of civilization, the last Friday, the end of the Mayan calendar.  But as expressed via the wisest of the oldest known cultures (i.e. Hindu culture, i.e. Mayan culture), civilization does not come to an end, but embarks upon a new era.  Within tens to hundreds of thousands of years, humanity lives through periods of certain growth.  The Hindu calendar currently resides within the Kali Yuga, which according to ancient scriptures began in 3012 BC and is expect to last 10,000 years.  The Mayans have a similar system.  December 21st, 2012 was the end of an era, specifically the 13th Baktun, a 5,125-year cycle overall.  The Mayan Long Count Calendar continues.

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And so, we embark into a new cycle of life (according to the Mayans), and on that fateful day of Friday, December 21st, 2012, we visited Lamanai, the one of many Mayan ruins located within the jungles of Belize.  We found plenty of old, and many things anew.

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Belize2012-524-EditVisitors standing atop the largest remaining temple dedicated to astrological research.

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A local rum distillery, located directly next to a rehabilitation center for rich foreigners…

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Photo Essay: Belize in Winter

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Belize… heaven on Ambergris Caye for 10 days underneath the Caribbean skies.

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One Life: An International Photography Competition – Vote for CK Photo!

One Life is launching a photography competition and I’ve uploaded my images to share with the world.  Please check out the slideshow highlighting the human element of people and their bodily expressions.  Then consider voting for my drive and passion within the field.  Thank you!

One Life: Cameron Karsten Photography

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Photography Essay: The Mursi of Jinka (Location: The Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

Welcome to Jinka of The Lower Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia.  It is a vibrant market town where the local nomadic tribe of the Mursi people come to trade for supplies.  The Mursi are traditionally cattle herders and live in one of the most isolated regions of Ethiopia.  They are most known for the clay plates, which women wear starting at the age of 15.  It took us three days to reach Jinka, combining the transportation of local buses, taxis and hitch-hiking along dusty dirt roads that roared through every vertebrae within your spine.

Photography Essay: Djibouti With & Without

Photography: Ethiopian Hospitality Revisited