Like I said before, I love candid photographs.  I think they capture the individual spirit of people much better than posed pictures. It captures the essence of people.

Well, lately I’ve been progressing in the japan job-hunting department which makes me all nostagic about the time I spent there before.  Some of my favorite candids were taken at a friend’s wedding and at my going away party in Japan.  Everyone is so happy.

Isn’t this what life is all about?

Happy June.

Well, I was going to put up something completely different but lately I’ve been so busy, and I’ve had so much on my mind, so I’ll stick with the Indian theme. But this time, I’ll throw in something a bit different (aka Philip Glass).

Ragas in Minor Scale from the album Passages

Posted by: bemyduende | 05/28/2009

Touch 17 / 触覚 17: Born into Brothels

I’m going to bet that all you hundreds of readers (haha) are still sitting on the edge of your seat with great anticipation waiting to find out what movie I watched last week.  Right?  Well, if you guessed Slumdog Millionaire, you’re wrong, sorry.  Because I already blogged about that movie here.

But if you guessed Born into Brothels, you’re correct! The song I posted last week was not actually from that documentary however its origins are from the same country.

The movie is so touching, a true testament to the power of art.  Stemming from the work (of Zana Briski) displayed in the movie, Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to disadvantaged youth, was started.

Seriously, I can’t speak highly enough and will forever be touched by the work of non-profits that 1) further the knowledge that art is empowering and 2) that helps children.  One day I hope to be a major “mover and shaker” within one of these organizations…

But until then,  my birthday is coming up (the big 30!) and I LOVE the photo below by one of the most talented kids from the movies, Avijit Halder (I believe the link goes to a random child profile, so it might not be Avijit’s).  He’s now a 19-year-old college student at NYU(!), a true success story!

So yeah… hint, hint, wink, wink.

Look at and/or buy prints from the movie here.

photo credit: Ajivit Halder
Posted by: bemyduende | 05/27/2009

Smell 17: After the Rain – 嗅覚 17:雨後

After the Rain

The smell of rain is lovely.

photo credit: draskoy

Well, speaking of the Grand Canyon…

While on vacation, my family and I experienced what turns out to be quite a traditional dish (despite its controversial history) in American Indian cuisine, fry bread and the often resulting Indian taco (as seen above).

So when there was an article in the Denver Post about a new restaurant in Denver that specializes in fry bread, I was ecstatic and made plans to visit pronto, aka yesterday!  However, Tocabe is not open on Memorial Day, which we learned the hard way, so the actual visit will have to wait until a later date.

If you want to make fry bread yourself, go here.  Be forewarned however that the recipe makes 18 fry breads!

Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery

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