Bogota – A meeting with Dr. Martín von Hildebrand

Portrait of Dr. Martin von Hildebrand who has a PhD in Ethnology and is the  Director and Founder of Gaia Amazon Foundation.  Hildebrand  has dedicated his life since 1970 to the defense and promotion of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and to the conservation of the rain forest in the Colombian Amazon.

Journalist Roberta Staley and I met with Hildebrand in his sunny apartment in Bogota before we travelled down to Leticia,  a small town located in the Amazon, only accessible by air or the Amazon river.

In the 1970’s the Indigenous People were still being exploited in rubber camps, and had no rights at all. These days with legislation spearheaded by Hildebrand   now have the land rights to 26 million hectares of Amazon Forest and have in half of this territory their own governmental system  officially recognized by the State and are managing their social and environmental programs.

 

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Stirling – History, Woven

Scotland’s Stirling Castle

History, woven

Published in Montecristo Magazine

Stirling Castle in Scotland is built upon a large volcanic rock above the River Forth, considered the natural meeting point between the Lowlands and Highlands of the country. Two of Scotland’s most well-known battles took place in this area: the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, when William Wallace defeated the English; and the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, when Robert the Bruce and his soldiers prevailed over the much larger English army. Stirling Castle has a tumultuous history; it has been under siege at least eight times, survived numerous fires, seen many kings and queens crowned, and even witnessed the murder of William Douglas, 8th earl of the line, by King James II, in 1452.

It was in the time of James V that the castle went through a period of stability, and the king brought to life his vision to create a vibrant and cosmopolitan royal court. James V and his French wife, Mary of Guise, constructed the Royal Palace with magnificent apartments and lavish interiors. Inventories from the 16th century show the many tapestries, furnishings, and costumes that would have existed. James V owned more than 100 tapestries; there is no record as to how these great works disappeared.

Historic Scotland decided to recreate a series of tapestries for the Royal Palace as part of an initiative to refurnish the castle as it was in the 16th century. An international search led Historic Scotland to a series of original 15th-century Flemish tapestries called The Hunt of the Unicorn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and so, a recreation began. It is considered the largest tapestry project undertaken in Great Britain in the past century, spanning 14 years and costing about two million pounds.

The final tapestry in the series of seven is The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, and Vancouver’s own Ruth Jones was its head weaver. She wove the maiden based on evidence from another artwork that included a bit of sleeve and a hand on the unicorn’s neck; the maiden’s face was inspired by Italian Renaissance portraits. Jones went to France to study a specialized skill called faiseur de chair, which means “maker of flesh,” to create the maiden’s face.

Stirling Castle is surrounded by several major historical sites. There is the Battle of Bannockburn Experience, where Robert the Bruce’s battle against the English can be relived; tourists can also climb to the top of the National Wallace Monument or wander through Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. And of course, they can enter the castle and view the finished tapestries, hanging grandly on the walls.

 

 

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Vancouver – Women’s March on Washington

Vancouver Marches in Solidarity with Anti-Trump Protestors in Washington
An estimated 15,000 people marched Jan. 21, 2017 in Vancouver in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, held to protest the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The Vancouver event, which was led by Aboriginal elders playing traditional drums, began at Jack Poole Plaza and marched past the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver and the United States Embassy.
Accompanied by the Vancouver Carnival Band, thousands chanted “Donald Trump has to go” during the march, which was one of hundreds held in 75 countries around the globe.
The protest was an unequivocal message of defiance against the Trump administration, which is undertaking legislative changes that threaten the civil rights of women, visible minorities, the LGBTQ2 community as well as 20 million American citizens who receive health insurance under the doomed Affordable Care Act.
Vancouver protestors pledged to protect and support Americans who fall victim to their new administration’s claw back in government services and pernicious legislative changes that threaten women, peace, the rule of law, and human rights. “We are people of diversities… and we stand together to protect each of them,” marchers commented on the Women’s March Vancouver Facebook page. “We stand against hate in all forms and against targeting any groups or individuals. For ourselves and others, we express our right to respect and acceptance without bias or persecution.” Marchers also called for action: “CONNECT, PROTECT, ACTIVATE. We CONNECT to support each other in PROTECTing and furthering human rights and civil liberties. We ACTIVATE in our communities to uphold and strengthen values, rights, and humanity.”

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Orkney – From John O’ Groats

On a recent trip to Scotland I had a quick jaunt to Orkney, to see if it would be a good location for the World People Project. I was very much enamoured by the people, the landscape, the history and the weather. I published a photo essay in Montecristo Magazine, Orkney

The Orkney Islands, an archipelago located off the northeastern tip of mainland Scotland, is often referred to as the Edge of the World. One way to reach Orkney is to take the passenger ferry from John O’Groats, which crosses the choppy waters of the Pentland Firth, landing at the small village of Burwick on the island of South Ronaldsay. There is magic to Orkney that you feel as you approach. The wind is a constant presence, while sunshine alternates with rain, creating rainbows that arc across the horizon. Its coastlines have sandy beaches and the skies are thick with sea birds. The land of Orkney is fairly flat, with low hills of purple heather and grazing sheep and cows.

The history of these islands dates back to the Neolithic era—the last period of the Stone Age—as evidenced by ancient villages and mysterious standing stones dating back farther than 3100 BCE. In the 9th century, the Vikings ruled the Orkneys. Four hundred years later, they came under Norwegian jurisdiction. By the 15th century, Orkney had become part of Scotland. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands’ archaeological remains include the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, the Neolithic chambered cairn of Maes Howe, and the megaliths of a henge, such as the Ring of Brodgar. Bird watching is popular, and shoreline hikes allow exploration not only of the beaches, but also the rugged cliffs of St. John’s Head and Old Man of Hoy, a 449-foot stone sea stack that is one of the island’s most famous landmarks. There is also a vibrant arts and crafts scene, delicious local produce, and, of course, Highland Park whiskey.

 

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Glasgow – Has An Art Attack

I spent this past summer in my  birthplace of Scotland, photographing the people and places of that spectacular country — a nation that has blessed the rest of the world with whisky, tartan, the philosophy of Adam Smith and David Hume and the literary works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.K. Rowling.
I spent much of my time in Glasgow, which is home to a vibrant art scene,  capturing images of this historical city, which is undergoing a cultural renaissance. I took photographs not only for my personal website, the World People Project, but captured images for a special photo essay for Montecristo, one of Canada’s must beautiful cultural magazines. Check it out: Glasgow’s Art Scene – Creation Centre.
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Belize – Caye Caulker

I travelled to Caye Caulker, Belize last year to enjoy the go-slow island life and to photograph for the world people project.

I met and photographed Yvon Denton Noralez for the project, he also kindly guided me through the island and introduced me to members of his family and other people who I had interesting visits with.

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Vancouver – “Fake Indians” by Jean Paul Langlois

Painter Jean Paul Langlois has been working on a series of paintings, “Fake Indians”. His work looks at the long tradition within Hollywood of disregarding Native Americans and their traditions.  Many of the films that fascinate Langlois were filmed in the 60’s and 70’s and had non Native American actors playing Native Americans. The paintings are recreations of stills from a selection of films starring actors such as Burt Reynolds and William Shatner.

Recently during the filming of Adam Sandlers’s new film commissioned by Netflix, many of these issues were raised.

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Jean Paul Langlois is going to be featured in the

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Vancouver – Studio Test

Tallulah Photo has recently moved into a new studio in the Gastown area of Vancouver. Here are some portraits taken in the studio. The natural light works very well for portraits.

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Vancouver – Temporary Shelters

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Vancouver, like many large cities has to solve the problem of  homelessness.  I have been documenting over the years, the types of temporary structures people create to live and sleep in.

New York – Finding People

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