and Nepal are home to world famous monuments and scenic landscapes, worthy subjects of many photographers, but it is the people
that this photographer is drawn to and which are reflected in this collection of 46 large format (16” x 20”) digital
portraits. Selected from over 2,200 photographs, the portraits in this exhibit were edited for diversity: young and old, men
and women, children and adults, rural and urban, rich and poor, although admittedly my fondness for children and holy men
colored my choices.
is a fleeting encounter with the subject; a brief moment of interaction. This momentary connection inspired the exhibit's
title. The Hindi word "Namaste" (na-Mass-tey) is a common hand clasped greeting, but on a deeper level, also a recognition
of one soul acknowledging another....the divinity in me welcoming the divinity in you.
India and Nepal are sensory overloads, with sights, sounds and
smells that ferociously assault the senses. Home to ancient cultures, both countries are very "other" places for
the first time Western visitor, difficult to fathom let alone understand. However, the sheer density and diversity of subject
choices among its friendly and curious people provided a true feast for street portraiture.