The book is the story of the dedication in 2004 of a Buddhist stupa (shrine) at a very remote location in Mongolia. It attempts to capture and preserve the special nature of the place and the richness of the day’s ceremonies—the Buddhist dedication, a shaman ritual, and secular activities including Mongolian wrestling—and the spirit of the celebrants. Later, questions arose: What had happened to the original monastery? What was this about a Shaman? Who was Dayan Derkh? The book attempts to answer those questions in order to provide cultural and historical context for the day’s events.
I started photography one summer during college while working at a forest fire lookout in Washington State. Photographing wildlife, weather, and landscapes was a great way to offset the boredom of what was a mostly very dull job (except during thunderstorms). However, it was the start of a life-long linking of photography with outdoor activities. I concentrated for many years on black and white (silver gelatin) printing. Classes in photography at Stanford and Foothill College and participation in workshops from a few notables such as Morley Baer advanced my skills. And I was always studying, reading, and trying to emulate Ansel Adams. Over the last year several years I have concentrated on fine art photography and have been fortunate to have had my work shown at Modernbook Gallery in Palo Alto, the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, and several corporate venues.