This book showcases a trip I took to Peru in 2005 with Phil Borges and Bridges to Understanding. Under the mellow guidance of Phil, we journeyed to the land of the Living Inca to the town of Ollantaytambo, nestled in the Andes between Cusco and Machu Picchu. There we worked with high school students to create photographic and video stories of the people and their way of life. It was a uniquely touching experience to have these students and their families welcome us into their lives. Sadly, the native people are slowly losing their traditions as modern internet cafes, television, and electronic gadgets infiltrate their lives. I hope the soul of this land will be preserved even so.
Bonnie Lebesch is an artist and teacher who works primarily in acrylics and photography. Her work is inspired by eastern philosophy, energy medicine, patterns found in nature, subtle states of consciousness, intuition, creativity, and a tai chi practice of over ten years. Her work represents the essential chi of life. Bonnie has published original content on CD-ROMs and books featuring drawings and writings, and shows nationally. Formerly a Seattle resident for 19 years, Bonnie recently attended an art residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, did a private artist’s retreat for the winter on the South Jersey Shore, and currently resides in Ft. Collins, CO.