It’s the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, so I thought I’d post some photos from last summer of Mermaid Citrine. The great thing about photographing mermaids is that you can take fantastical liberties in post and they seem to work. This mermaid is also a great vegan cook and caterer Check out Citrine’s website.
On Jan 9th 2013 the Blanton Museum invited 10 monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery to create a 5-foot sand mandala in the museum’s Rapoport Atrium as a part of the museum’s Into the Sacred City exhibit.
The word “mandala” is Sanskrit loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Tibetan Buddhists say that a mandala consists of five “excellencies”:The teacher, The message, The audience, The site, The time
The lamas begin the work by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform, which requires the remainder of the day. The following days see the laying of the colored sands, which is effected by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.
The destruction of a sand mandala is also highly ceremonial. Even the deity syllables are removed in a specific order The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience the remainder of the sand is collected in a jar which is then wrapped in silk and transported to a river (or any place with moving water), and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.
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Austin TV in Inkult Magazine. If you are in Mexico City this month grab the new copy of Inkult Magazine; the Art, Design and Lifestyle publication.
Issue 14 includes a feature on the band Austin TV (who I love) and includes a spread with an image I photographed in 1995.
If you’re not near a Newsstand that carries Inkult, you can download and read the entire issue on your ipad, kindle, etc here.
here’s a video of the band’s that I really like too:
This year’s Viva la Vida Fest aka the 28th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration in Austin was a colorful and creative display of cultural themes revolving around respect for the people who have passed and are no longer with us. A big bonus this year was the addition of the Minor Mishaps Marching Band.
Here are some photos I took before and during the Day of the Dead parade.
I recently shot a series of promo shots for musician extraordinaire Mike Atkins.
We were able to shoot in some of the cooler locations in downtown New Braunfels where Mike calls home.
You can often catch Mike and his amazing piano playing on 6th street and various venues around Austin.
Check out his music at his web site.