I am a voyeur by nature. As a child I was always the outsider so I watched others hoping to find out their secrets. Maybe if I watched enough people I'd know how to fit in.
A camera was the perfect instrument with which to do this and when I was 8 I began taking pictures. Snapshots. Lots of them.
I don't believe that a picture is worth a thousand words so I began writing as well. Pictures have a way of showing the viewer what the photographer is seeing and maybe even a bit of what she is feeling but the written word is the Photoshop, if you will, of the thinking artist.
Ladakh is the most complex place to which I have ever travelled. It is quite barren. Men and women emerge from holes in rocks. These are their homes. Most of the children live in monasteries, studying to become monks.
There were spirits everywhere. A Buddhist fellow told me it was because of the souls looking for bodies to re-enter. With only 1 person per 8.1 square miles, reincarnation was almost impossible.
And so "The Valley In The Shadow Of Death" was born.
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