The human menagerie: portraits, loosely and broadly defined [does not include studio portraits of individual women, which appear in others of my books]. Section headings: 1) Children, 2) Friends, Lovers & Relations, 3) Men, and 4) Out and About. Includes candid, semi-candid and not-at-all-candid images of people on the street, in parks, museums, flea-markets, shops, airports, subways, restaurants, street-fairs, artists’ studios, weddings, friends’ homes, a pagan gathering, a meditation retreat. 2008, 240 pages.
I began photographing in 1994, following many years as a Hindu monk, writer, and academic scholar. With no background in the visual arts, photography appeared serendipitously and soon absorbed my full attention. For me, the essence of photography is found in the pure pleasure of seeing: the experience of opening a more patient, contemplative, intuitive, imaginative eye to the world. It’s about surrendering to the strange synergy between quiet receptivity and probing curiosity -- appreciating the “suchness” of things, while experiencing their complex resonances within personal consciousness. Moving about the world with a camera opens my eyes and mind to the beauty, strangeness, and mystery of it all, while crafting images in the darkroom provides a means for communicating my wonder and delight. My work can be found in many private collections. Most images in my books are available as original photographic (silver-gelatin) prints. Feel free to contact me via my website.
India in a Mind's Eye Published August 14, 2014
The Soul of Beauty (large format) Published September 27, 2013
Luminous Bodies (large format 12x12") Published December 03, 2012
Luminous Nudes Published August 18, 2012
ARTIFACTS, MYSTERIES, HIEROPHANIES (large format 12x12") Published March 27, 2012
Luminous Bodies (small format 7x7") Published March 12, 2012
The Female Gaze Published January 13, 2012
ARTIFACTS, MYSTERIES, HIEROPHANIES (small format 7x7") Published January 03, 2012