Sunday, May 31, 2009

when in doubt plant!

a month or so ago, i woke up at dawn and met my friend the young lion at his home. there, a cold early spring morning kept us on our toes and we bicycled to quail hill farm through the woods and down a hill. the day was splendid and on tap, was fertile soil gently purring for halved potatoes to bless its warmth and grow through the summer.

i had never planted potatoes before, an experience as old as the veggies themselves, high in the andes, brothers and sisters long ago rocked this same maneuver, an open palm, a halved tater and finally, a gentle embrace from the earth, a hug to grow.

on a warm spring day, when in doubt, plant.

spring 2009 in amagansett, ny.

love and health to all...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

fight back with love

always and forever...

lower ninth ward, new orleans, la.

spring 2009.

love and health to all...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

under the crescent city connection

under the crescent city connection.

new orleans, louisiana.

spring 2009.

love and health to all...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

caught between two levees

st. bernard's parish sits between two levees. to the far north is the levee that holds back lake pontrachain and also is the same levee that failed during hurricane katrina. on the south side is the mississippi river levee. caught between and below two levees, water can't escape.

bicycling into the lower ninth ward and through st. bernard's parish, i stopped to take this photo.

love and health to all...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

This Sunday! May 10th, 2009 @ 7pm

Ben Lenzner & UnionDocs Present...


A Benefit To Support The Van Gujjar Community Photo Project

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009 @ 7 PM
@ UnionDocs
322 Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L train to Lorimer/ G to Metropolitan/ J, M, Z to Hewes
$5 suggested donation/ $15 donation u get postcard print/ $25 donation u get 8x10 print
proceeds go to cameras/supplies/materials from summer 2009 program

On Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 7 pm in a Benefit Evening for The Van Gujjar Community Photo Project, for the first time ever, I will be sharing the work in progress that commenced last spring in the plains and up in the mountains of northern India. There, with the beautiful energy of the Van Gujjar Community of northern India, I began a wonderful project distributing cameras throughout the Van Gujjar community. Some of those cameras found themselves in the hands of photographers exploring the settlement colony of Gindikhatta and other cameras clicked and recorded lives and moments throughout the forests of the Shivalik Mountains, the first bump in the Himalayas and the winter residence for the many families who continue to live and migrate throughout the forests of northern India.

Many of you heard about this project when it was still a dream, please come out to Brooklyn to see how it evolved and how it is evolving, to support and to learn more about the complexities of indigenous life in India through photographs, stories and words.

The Van Gujjars are an indigenous, forest dwelling, nomadic, buffalo herding community residing in northern India. In January 2008, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act was passed in the Indian Parliament. The first comprehensive indigenous rights law ever approved in India, this legislation gives indigenous groups the power to legally lay claim to their traditional homelands. Navigating to secure their forest rights, complicated by their multi-state migration and their minority status as Muslims, the Van Gujjar community is divided as to whether they should cease their migration and relocate to government built settlement colonies or pursue a claim to their ancestral homelands. Inspired by this indigenous struggle, Ben Lenzner traveled to India in the spring of 2008. Ben spent three months researching, photographing and documenting, as well as implementing a photography project with the Van Gujjar community. He distributed 60 cameras to men, women and children throughout the forests and in the Gindikhatta Settlement Colony. These new photography students explored places, people, situations and moments that were important to them. This project is critical. Please come out to support this project and learn a little more about tribal rights in India. These images share an intimate view into the diversity of Islam and the complexities of the struggles of one indigenous community. As globalization brings wealth to unknown pockets of the earth, cultures and traditions shift and disappear as rapidly as the Himalayan glaciers around them.

Please join us for an evening of photographs (exhibition, slideshow & presentation), discussion, Q & A, music, mingling & fresh air in the backyard.

please pass this along to anyone and all who may be interested... bring a friend...

hope to see you all in brooklyn on sunday may 10th...

love and health to all...

Sunday, May 03, 2009


creole gardens...

love and health to all...