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Margaret Tompkins153,894*Landscape Photography Community:  Monochrome* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph. It can be Black and White or Sepia or any single color or tone.  No color photographs allowed.  It's the absence of color that we are featuring.   5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than February 3, 2014, 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at February 5, 2014, 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC and profiles with more than 1 million followers may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People's Choice Contest # 7: Monochrome2014-01-27 22:00:00242  
Margaret Tompkins153,894*Landscape Photography Community Fans, Let's have some more FUN!!!* Welcome to the Landscape Photography Community People's Choice Contest Theme of Trees Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a landscape photograph with at least one tree.  It can be 1 tree, 10 trees, or a whole forest.  It can be a big tree or a baby tree.  It can be any species of tree. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than December 23, 2013 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at December 25, 2013 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People's Choice Contest # 4 Trees2013-12-17 02:00:00343  
Robert SKREINER1,223,912+10000 Photographers BW ► *❶st Contest* by +Robert SKREINER  & +Joel Tjintjelaar    & +Heimo MAUSER  &  +Gemma Costa  Theme: Your *„Top BW Monochrome Photos“* *Contest Rules & Conditions:* ● Sign in to the Contest with a short comment! ● *Please share this ►❶st Contest Invitation* ( Condition! ) ● *Please add* +10000 Photographers BW *to your circles* ● *Please add the curators:*     +Robert SKREINER  &   +Joel Tjintjelaar     & +Heimo MAUSER   &   +Gemma Costa     *to your circles and you will be also added.* ● Photos must be your own photos and work! ● *Max 10 Photos* per participating Photographer ● Photos must be uploaded to this *❶st Contest–Page* ● Post a short own comment to your photos. ● You can also give +1 to your own photos! ● Please be fair and comment also to other photos! ● Please invite your Google+ Friends and Followers. ● Don't delete the automatically shared *Contest Photos*    in your stream! So you will get more +1 The best *►BW Monochrome Photos◄* will be shared also at the Page: +10000 Photographers BW  *The 3 ►TOP Photos◄* of the Winners will be shared also in the stream of +Robert SKREINER  All participating Photographers will be included in  a public shared *❶st Contest* Circle of +10000 Photographers BW  & +Robert SKREINER  &   +Joel Tjintjelaar  & +Heimo MAUSER    & +Gemma Costa  *The final decision about the winners is made by* *an international and independent jury.*+10000 Photographers BW Monochrome ►❶st Contest2013-10-21 09:00:001946  

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2016-10-01 09:19:27 (29 comments; 16 reshares; 307 +1s; )Open 

There is a reason people go to the top locations in Kyoto...
But also go beyond the top ten...Visit some of the other 1000 temples, better still hire a good local guide. Take one or more of the wonderfull, deep Kyoto walks https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Kyoto-Walks-Pico-Iyer-ebook/dp/B00KFM2J0C. Also always check for Geiko and Maiko performances which are often available.

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2017-01-14 12:34:11 (25 comments; 23 reshares; 321 +1s; )Open 

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http://www.facebook.com/RobertvanKoesveldPhotography
Instagram @robertvankoesveld and @geikomaikokyoto
http://www.robertvankoesveld.com
©Robert van Koesveld Photography
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ #RvK 

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2017-03-01 00:27:01 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 386 +1s; )Open 

Another image from yesterday's 'magic hour' at Trongsa Dzong.
My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon :
www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
Or Fremantle Press -
www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland

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2017-06-22 13:59:33 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

I am back on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau. The lady where we ate lunch (wonderful yak meat momos again ) said there were some 'activities happening out of town. What we discovered when we got there was quite a number of traditionally dressed young nomads dancing, playing traditional instruments and singing with a small crowd of locals watching. All this in a field of wildflowers under the watchful gaze of the yaks. Seems they were making a video to promote an upcoming music festival. A delightful way to enjoy the sunny afternoon.

Images roughly edited on my iPad since my laptop seems to be suffering altitude sickness.

I am back on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau. The lady where we ate lunch (wonderful yak meat momos again ) said there were some 'activities happening out of town. What we discovered when we got there was quite a number of traditionally dressed young nomads dancing, playing traditional instruments and singing with a small crowd of locals watching. All this in a field of wildflowers under the watchful gaze of the yaks. Seems they were making a video to promote an upcoming music festival. A delightful way to enjoy the sunny afternoon.

Images roughly edited on my iPad since my laptop seems to be suffering altitude sickness.___

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2017-06-04 07:54:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Xining renewal - while this city is undergoing a massive building renewal, I was struck today by the renewed interest and energy in Buddhism. Gao Na 25 has been interested in matters spiritual since she was 10. Now a primary school teacher, she was visiting the temple complex and 'practicing' her own faith. Her parents were not religious, so like many here in China and elsewhere she is finding her own way. We gently coached her on circumambulating clockwise, something those new to Buddhism are often unaware of. Elsewhere in the complex the 1000 Buddhas were each getting new wallpaper and new robes, and skilled work was underway on a new wall painting of the sages. The sangha, the community of souls on the path, was being renewed in many ways.

Xining renewal - while this city is undergoing a massive building renewal, I was struck today by the renewed interest and energy in Buddhism. Gao Na 25 has been interested in matters spiritual since she was 10. Now a primary school teacher, she was visiting the temple complex and 'practicing' her own faith. Her parents were not religious, so like many here in China and elsewhere she is finding her own way. We gently coached her on circumambulating clockwise, something those new to Buddhism are often unaware of. Elsewhere in the complex the 1000 Buddhas were each getting new wallpaper and new robes, and skilled work was underway on a new wall painting of the sages. The sangha, the community of souls on the path, was being renewed in many ways.___

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2017-05-27 10:11:32 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Butoh dancer, Taketeru Kudo, photographed during the course of a delightful masterclass with Isabel Muñoz last month. I was lucky to be in Kyoto at the right time for this valuable event as part of Kyotographie last month. I certainly hope to have opportunity to work with both these artists in the future.
www.robertvankoesveld.com

Butoh dancer, Taketeru Kudo, photographed during the course of a delightful masterclass with Isabel Muñoz last month. I was lucky to be in Kyoto at the right time for this valuable event as part of Kyotographie last month. I certainly hope to have opportunity to work with both these artists in the future.
www.robertvankoesveld.com___

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2017-05-13 07:01:38 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

Sakura - A few weeks ago I managed to be in Kyoto while the cherry blossoms were at their best. Nothing had prepared me for the intensity of the flowering and the level of enthusiasm from locals and visitors. I also was able to arrange a wonderful morning with Gion Higashi maiko, Tomitsuyu, photographing her under the blossom in a few locations. I first met Tomitsuyu four years ago, before she became a maiko, and it has been delightful to interview her and see her perform over that time. Buy my book ' Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto ' here :
www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/



Sakura - A few weeks ago I managed to be in Kyoto while the cherry blossoms were at their best. Nothing had prepared me for the intensity of the flowering and the level of enthusiasm from locals and visitors. I also was able to arrange a wonderful morning with Gion Higashi maiko, Tomitsuyu, photographing her under the blossom in a few locations. I first met Tomitsuyu four years ago, before she became a maiko, and it has been delightful to interview her and see her perform over that time. Buy my book ' Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto ' here :
www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/

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2017-04-21 07:07:44 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Stopping to smell the .... blossoms
Geiko, Toshimana was really keen to be photographed with the sakura at the very end of our long costume shoot, yesterday. She has been so busy with her three performances each day in the Miagawacho odori and her busy schedule afterwards, that she had little time to enjoy it this year. Toshimana is featured on the cover of my book and it was really fantastic to work with her again. www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/

Stopping to smell the .... blossoms
Geiko, Toshimana was really keen to be photographed with the sakura at the very end of our long costume shoot, yesterday. She has been so busy with her three performances each day in the Miagawacho odori and her busy schedule afterwards, that she had little time to enjoy it this year. Toshimana is featured on the cover of my book and it was really fantastic to work with her again. www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/___

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2017-04-08 23:32:59 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Rainy Day Women
It was a fine night in Gion, despite the rain, on my first day in Kyoto. The streets in the rain are always special at night and I got to play with different lenses, so it was a perfect start to a fortnight in Kyoto.
Geiko and maiko always work hard but with three performances in their Odori during the day, followed by lots of bookings on this busy Saturday evening, it must be doubly so right now.

Rainy Day Women
It was a fine night in Gion, despite the rain, on my first day in Kyoto. The streets in the rain are always special at night and I got to play with different lenses, so it was a perfect start to a fortnight in Kyoto.
Geiko and maiko always work hard but with three performances in their Odori during the day, followed by lots of bookings on this busy Saturday evening, it must be doubly so right now.___

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2017-03-28 07:21:50 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Maiko Hisamomo from Pontocho who I photographed in early 2014. I gather Hisamomo is now a Geiko. Work on my book project took over three years and I have other smaller projects still in process in the kagai. The link to buy my book: Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is on my website
#maiko #geiko #kyoto #geisha #robertvankoesveldphotography #pontocho #Hisamomo #kanzashi #japanculture #japaneseculture

Maiko Hisamomo from Pontocho who I photographed in early 2014. I gather Hisamomo is now a Geiko. Work on my book project took over three years and I have other smaller projects still in process in the kagai. The link to buy my book: Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is on my website
#maiko #geiko #kyoto #geisha #robertvankoesveldphotography #pontocho #Hisamomo #kanzashi #japanculture #japaneseculture___

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2017-03-27 11:35:24 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

waving ... (not drowning)

Watching the ocean is mesmerising, with or without, a camera. I really have to keep reminding myself not to get caught by the tide as I scramble a little higher, or closer on the rocks. Like counting my fingers before using a power saw so I end up with the same number, I remind myself to keep looking behind so I can see the tides progress. A part of me always wants to see if the next big wave is 'more perfect still'.

www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ #RvK  

waving ... (not drowning)

Watching the ocean is mesmerising, with or without, a camera. I really have to keep reminding myself not to get caught by the tide as I scramble a little higher, or closer on the rocks. Like counting my fingers before using a power saw so I end up with the same number, I remind myself to keep looking behind so I can see the tides progress. A part of me always wants to see if the next big wave is 'more perfect still'.

www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ #RvK  ___

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2017-03-20 13:41:43 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Mountains and Mystery
These are the floating peaks of Zhangjiajie in China (and of Avatar)
robertvankoesveld.com

Mountains and Mystery
These are the floating peaks of Zhangjiajie in China (and of Avatar)
robertvankoesveld.com___

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2017-03-17 23:29:11 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Portrait from Ziro which is home to the tribal group called the Apatanis. www.robertvankoesveld.com

"The Apatanis, one of the major ethnic groups of eastern Himalayas, have a distinct civilization with systematic land use practices and rich traditional ecological knowledge of natural resources management and conservation, acquired over the centuries through informal experimentation. The tribe is known for their colorful culture with various festivals, intricate handloom designs, skills in cane and bamboo crafts, and vibrant traditional village councils called bulyañ. This has made Ziro Valley a good example of a living cultural landscape where man and environment have harmoniously existed together in a state of interdependence even through changing times, such co-existence being nurtured by the traditional customs and spiritual belief systems.
The hallmark of the valley is judicious... more »

Portrait from Ziro which is home to the tribal group called the Apatanis. www.robertvankoesveld.com

"The Apatanis, one of the major ethnic groups of eastern Himalayas, have a distinct civilization with systematic land use practices and rich traditional ecological knowledge of natural resources management and conservation, acquired over the centuries through informal experimentation. The tribe is known for their colorful culture with various festivals, intricate handloom designs, skills in cane and bamboo crafts, and vibrant traditional village councils called bulyañ. This has made Ziro Valley a good example of a living cultural landscape where man and environment have harmoniously existed together in a state of interdependence even through changing times, such co-existence being nurtured by the traditional customs and spiritual belief systems.
The hallmark of the valley is judicious utilization of limited land area. The relatively flat land in the valley is used for wet-rice cultivation where fish also is reared. This systematic land-use pattern ensures high level of biodiversity in the area and efficient conservation of crucial watersheds ensuring perennial streams flowing into the valley to meet the needs of the people"
From the UNESCO submission.
Arunachal Pradesh, India.___

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2017-03-10 00:05:22 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

I spent my last full day in Bhutan at the Punakha Drubchen. I missed the re-enactment of the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army which is on the third day. Still the always wonderful Dzong was richly decorated and I did see some of the initial blessing of the dance arena and other enjoyable activities. One dance, often seen in Bhutan, involves masked monks in costumes that represent all the demons one is likely to see in a kind of Buddhist purgatory. Each mask is a particular demon and being able to recognise them equips you for negotiating this scary place after you die. This monk with his face still visible is awaiting his cue to enter. #bhutan

My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon :
www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
Or Fremantle Press -... more »

I spent my last full day in Bhutan at the Punakha Drubchen. I missed the re-enactment of the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army which is on the third day. Still the always wonderful Dzong was richly decorated and I did see some of the initial blessing of the dance arena and other enjoyable activities. One dance, often seen in Bhutan, involves masked monks in costumes that represent all the demons one is likely to see in a kind of Buddhist purgatory. Each mask is a particular demon and being able to recognise them equips you for negotiating this scary place after you die. This monk with his face still visible is awaiting his cue to enter. #bhutan

My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon :
www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
Or Fremantle Press -
www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland___

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2017-03-07 12:20:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes as you move in the world as a photographer,
A magical window opens.
Namgay found such a window a couple of hours ago and the three of us worked quietly and earnestly for an hour as a group of monks transformed themselves into sacred dancers. Then to top it off, they brought in 200 butter lamps to light the scene.
(preliminary edit)
There are more to come once I get home again. +illuminatingtoursbhutan


Sometimes as you move in the world as a photographer,
A magical window opens.
Namgay found such a window a couple of hours ago and the three of us worked quietly and earnestly for an hour as a group of monks transformed themselves into sacred dancers. Then to top it off, they brought in 200 butter lamps to light the scene.
(preliminary edit)
There are more to come once I get home again. +illuminatingtoursbhutan
___

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2017-03-05 14:59:18 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

A gomchen monk snoozes in the warm, late afternoon sun, in Bhutan. My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon & Fremantle Press -
https://www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
https://www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland

A gomchen monk snoozes in the warm, late afternoon sun, in Bhutan. My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon & Fremantle Press -
https://www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
https://www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland___

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2017-03-01 00:27:01 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 386 +1s; )Open 

Another image from yesterday's 'magic hour' at Trongsa Dzong.
My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon :
www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
Or Fremantle Press -
www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland

Another image from yesterday's 'magic hour' at Trongsa Dzong.
My book Bhutan Heartland is available from Amazon :
www.amazon.com/Bhutan-Heartland-Travels-Thunder-Dragon/dp/1921361743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488326572&sr=8-1&keywords=Bhutan+heartland
Or Fremantle Press -
www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/bhutan-heartland___

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2017-02-28 13:26:19 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 99 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes as you move in the world as a photographer,
A magical window opens....
Namgay found such a window a couple of hours ago and the three of us worked quietly and earnestly for an hour as a group of monks transformed themselves into sacred dancers. Then to top it off, they brought in 200 butter lamps to light the scene.
(preliminary edit)
There are more to come once I get home again.
+Illuminating Tours

Sometimes as you move in the world as a photographer,
A magical window opens....
Namgay found such a window a couple of hours ago and the three of us worked quietly and earnestly for an hour as a group of monks transformed themselves into sacred dancers. Then to top it off, they brought in 200 butter lamps to light the scene.
(preliminary edit)
There are more to come once I get home again.
+Illuminating Tours___

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2017-02-25 15:50:44 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

When we reached Yotong La (pass) today it was still -1 degree centigrade. The trees and bushes and prayer flags were covered in ice from the wind and rain throughout the night. An hour passes quickly for three photographers in this wonderland and the roadworks were forgotten. #2/2

When we reached Yotong La (pass) today it was still -1 degree centigrade. The trees and bushes and prayer flags were covered in ice from the wind and rain throughout the night. An hour passes quickly for three photographers in this wonderland and the roadworks were forgotten. #2/2___

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2017-02-25 15:47:01 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 119 +1s; )Open 

When we reached Yotong La (pass) today it was still -1 degree centigrade. The trees and bushes and prayer flags were covered in ice from the wind and rain throughout the night. An hour passes quickly for three photographers in this wonderland and the roadworks were forgotten. #1/2

When we reached Yotong La (pass) today it was still -1 degree centigrade. The trees and bushes and prayer flags were covered in ice from the wind and rain throughout the night. An hour passes quickly for three photographers in this wonderland and the roadworks were forgotten. #1/2___

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2017-02-23 07:03:09 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Tsa Tsa (little chortens) in Bhutan
+Illuminating Tours 

Tsa Tsa (little chortens) in Bhutan
+Illuminating Tours ___

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2017-02-23 07:00:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

This is my seventh visit to Bhutan and, between working on a few longer term projects, I am really enjoying hanging out with my two photography friends Subha and Namgay. We share ideas and perspectives and push each other a little to keep looking for images, no matter how indifferent the weather. This prayer flag image was found by Subha.
+Illuminating Tours 

This is my seventh visit to Bhutan and, between working on a few longer term projects, I am really enjoying hanging out with my two photography friends Subha and Namgay. We share ideas and perspectives and push each other a little to keep looking for images, no matter how indifferent the weather. This prayer flag image was found by Subha.
+Illuminating Tours ___

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2017-02-20 12:17:14 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

The Punaka Dzong sits on the confluence of two rivers. We came down from talking with monks and nuns high above to find the landscape covered in haze from mist and smoke. Black and white seemed to work best. The River Pocho is seen as male and the River Mochhu is seen as female. The male River is usually white with glacial flour.

The Punaka Dzong sits on the confluence of two rivers. We came down from talking with monks and nuns high above to find the landscape covered in haze from mist and smoke. Black and white seemed to work best. The River Pocho is seen as male and the River Mochhu is seen as female. The male River is usually white with glacial flour.___

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2017-02-20 01:48:33 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

The Monks are in residence at the wonderful Punakha Dzong. In a few weeks they will all move to their summer residence

The Monks are in residence at the wonderful Punakha Dzong. In a few weeks they will all move to their summer residence___

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2017-02-13 11:24:09 (24 comments; 9 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

Varanasi at Night
I was privileged to be invited to shoot with the incredibly talented Manish Khattry late at night in Varanasi recently. The city is special in so many ways and for me one of these is the way its mood changes dramatically at different times of day. I ended up shooting at every hour except 12.30 am to 4.30 am. Night shooting is a particular pleasure but it does take motivation to drag yourself out late at night, so working with friends provides encouragement and adds to a sense of safety as well. The images are preliminary edits until I get home to my calibrated screen. +Manish Khattry
#varanasi

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Varanasi at Night
I was privileged to be invited to shoot with the incredibly talented Manish Khattry late at night in Varanasi recently. The city is special in so many ways and for me one of these is the way its mood changes dramatically at different times of day. I ended up shooting at every hour except 12.30 am to 4.30 am. Night shooting is a particular pleasure but it does take motivation to drag yourself out late at night, so working with friends provides encouragement and adds to a sense of safety as well. The images are preliminary edits until I get home to my calibrated screen. +Manish Khattry
#varanasi

http://www.facebook.com/RobertvanKoesveldPhotography
Instagram robertvankoesveld
http://www.robertvankoesveld.com
©Robert van Koesveld Photography
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ #RvK___

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2017-02-02 10:06:06 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

An Ocean of Possibilities in Kolkata

I having been working on a project about the god makers of Kumartuli, here in Kolkata, on and off for a few years. More about this another time. Today was the day when all the thousands of images of Saraswati which have been made over many weeks and finally sold over the last two days have their day as The Goddess. I was lucky to join 1400 girl students and their teachers for the Puja at a local school. Tomorrow the goddess will be immersed in the river and she will have completed her purpose.

But today she was a part of the deep valuing of knowledge and education here in India. Yesterday I visited a Book Mela that had 300,000 visitors in one day. It runs for 14! Sadly schools are given far too little government support and staff/student ratios have been allowed to reach absurd proportions. 1-120!

I was working on editing just now and... more »

An Ocean of Possibilities in Kolkata

I having been working on a project about the god makers of Kumartuli, here in Kolkata, on and off for a few years. More about this another time. Today was the day when all the thousands of images of Saraswati which have been made over many weeks and finally sold over the last two days have their day as The Goddess. I was lucky to join 1400 girl students and their teachers for the Puja at a local school. Tomorrow the goddess will be immersed in the river and she will have completed her purpose.

But today she was a part of the deep valuing of knowledge and education here in India. Yesterday I visited a Book Mela that had 300,000 visitors in one day. It runs for 14! Sadly schools are given far too little government support and staff/student ratios have been allowed to reach absurd proportions. 1-120!

I was working on editing just now and found myself in tears looking at all these faces. Today I met enthusiastic students, dedicated teachers and a limitless ocean of faces full of promise.___

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2017-01-17 12:03:51 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 200 +1s; )Open 

step - Bhutan

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step - Bhutan

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2017-01-16 02:45:28 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

Myanmar Market Mood : some locations seem to have a certain atmosphere or feeling which can be hard to name in the, often, time limited 'work' of photography. And actually, is it the place's mood, your own mood or just the gear you are using or even just the time of day? There certainly is an interaction between my own mood and that of the place that can emerge (usefully) in the images. More so if I can notice it at the time

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Myanmar Market Mood : some locations seem to have a certain atmosphere or feeling which can be hard to name in the, often, time limited 'work' of photography. And actually, is it the place's mood, your own mood or just the gear you are using or even just the time of day? There certainly is an interaction between my own mood and that of the place that can emerge (usefully) in the images. More so if I can notice it at the time

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2017-01-14 12:34:11 (25 comments; 23 reshares; 321 +1s; )Open 

Adelie Penguin
Pygoscelis adeliae

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Adelie Penguin
Pygoscelis adeliae

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Antarctica: Frank Gehry Iceberg Sculpture

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Antarctica: Frank Gehry Iceberg Sculpture

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2016-12-29 04:25:03 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 175 +1s; )Open 

The opening of the kabuki season
(2/3 in set)

The opening of the kabuki season
(2/3 in set)___

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2016-12-26 08:48:57 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

The opening of the kabuki season
(temporarily moved to the Pontocho theatre during earthquake proofing renovations) brought five morning migrations where groups of Geiko and Maiko, glided in, swan-like in their precision and elegance.

Each kagai has it's own day and the theatre is also busy with lunch bearing bike riders providing splendid picnics for the breaks. (1/3 in set)

Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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The opening of the kabuki season
(temporarily moved to the Pontocho theatre during earthquake proofing renovations) brought five morning migrations where groups of Geiko and Maiko, glided in, swan-like in their precision and elegance.

Each kagai has it's own day and the theatre is also busy with lunch bearing bike riders providing splendid picnics for the breaks. (1/3 in set)

Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (2/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

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Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (2/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

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2016-12-21 00:22:34 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (1/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

#bhutan #dance #festival #buddhism #Tshechu
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Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (1/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

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2016-12-05 07:45:26 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Quite a long interview here with +Rebecca LaChance Art & Photography


Thanks for the opportunity Rebecca.

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Quite a long interview here with +Rebecca LaChance Art & Photography


Thanks for the opportunity Rebecca.

https://www.rebeccalachanceartphotography.com/blog/inspiring-photographer-van-koesveld___

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2016-12-01 02:25:40 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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2016-11-30 11:11:10 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Another image from the second day of the Erikae of Geiko Ichitomi from the Nakagishi Okiya in Gion Kobu. Newly debuted geiko always take time to make personal visits to Okiya and Ochaya and certain local businesses and are usually followed by a group of enthusiastic photographers. Itchtomi wore an especially wonderful shibori kimono. Geiko in this process of visiting are always accompanied by someone very familiar with the kagai and its culture, often an otokoshi, as was the case today.

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Another image from the second day of the Erikae of Geiko Ichitomi from the Nakagishi Okiya in Gion Kobu. Newly debuted geiko always take time to make personal visits to Okiya and Ochaya and certain local businesses and are usually followed by a group of enthusiastic photographers. Itchtomi wore an especially wonderful shibori kimono. Geiko in this process of visiting are always accompanied by someone very familiar with the kagai and its culture, often an otokoshi, as was the case today.

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its a multi-layered world; Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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its a multi-layered world; Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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Today was the second day of the Erikae of Geiko Ichitomi from the Nakagishi Okiya in Gion Kobu. Newly debuted geiko always take time to make personal visits to Okiya and Ochaya and certain local businesses and are usually followed by a group of enthusiastic photographers. Itchtomi wore an especially wonderful kimono and obi. Geiko in this process of visiting are always accompanied by someone very familiar with the kagai and its culture, often an otokoshi, as was the case today.

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Today was the second day of the Erikae of Geiko Ichitomi from the Nakagishi Okiya in Gion Kobu. Newly debuted geiko always take time to make personal visits to Okiya and Ochaya and certain local businesses and are usually followed by a group of enthusiastic photographers. Itchtomi wore an especially wonderful kimono and obi. Geiko in this process of visiting are always accompanied by someone very familiar with the kagai and its culture, often an otokoshi, as was the case today.

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2016-11-17 07:50:09 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Taksu
While in Bali for my sons wedding recently, I was able to arrange some photography beforehand. A highlight was photographing this Balinese Dance artist. At just 7 years of age, Suci brings a commitment to her performance that is most impressive.. I photographed her, still in her school uniform as she very diligently did her performance makeup and then had the final touches added by her mother, who is also a traditional dancer. Her 4 year old sister, Oming is also learning now too. The actual performance was spellbinding. Suci seemed to summon up a mythic character and the school child was magically supplanted by a very formidable being. Then the dance stopped and she was a child again. I gather that Balinese rituals, culture and behaviour aim to be 'taksu' ( from the heart) and this certainly was.


Great to see this tradition being maintained at such a level and so... more »

Taksu
While in Bali for my sons wedding recently, I was able to arrange some photography beforehand. A highlight was photographing this Balinese Dance artist. At just 7 years of age, Suci brings a commitment to her performance that is most impressive.. I photographed her, still in her school uniform as she very diligently did her performance makeup and then had the final touches added by her mother, who is also a traditional dancer. Her 4 year old sister, Oming is also learning now too. The actual performance was spellbinding. Suci seemed to summon up a mythic character and the school child was magically supplanted by a very formidable being. Then the dance stopped and she was a child again. I gather that Balinese rituals, culture and behaviour aim to be 'taksu' ( from the heart) and this certainly was.


Great to see this tradition being maintained at such a level and so obviously enjoyed. The dance form has been recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
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2016-11-12 04:28:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

November Special Offer on Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto - Free Postage to Japan and Australia
As I will be in Japan for 3 weeks I can extend my free postage offer to Japan as well as Australia.
Go to www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/
Then use the discount code ‘freejapan’ or ‘freeaustralia’ when you order.
(Shipping for the rest of the world via DHL is at a much reduced rate of $A15)
The Book won a Gold Medal and was awarded the ‘Photo Book of the Year’ in the Canon -AIPP Awards

November Special Offer on Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto - Free Postage to Japan and Australia
As I will be in Japan for 3 weeks I can extend my free postage offer to Japan as well as Australia.
Go to www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/
Then use the discount code ‘freejapan’ or ‘freeaustralia’ when you order.
(Shipping for the rest of the world via DHL is at a much reduced rate of $A15)
The Book won a Gold Medal and was awarded the ‘Photo Book of the Year’ in the Canon -AIPP Awards___

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2016-11-11 13:39:32 (19 comments; 19 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

Nomads of the High Pastures, Ladakh. (2/3 in a series)

This senior man, a leader in his community, welcomed us into his tent of yak wool and offered tea, despite being in the process of packing up to move his herd and belongings to a new location. A warm and impressive person it was a delight to meet him and his community and I hope I can return sometime in the future.


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Nomads of the High Pastures, Ladakh. (2/3 in a series)

This senior man, a leader in his community, welcomed us into his tent of yak wool and offered tea, despite being in the process of packing up to move his herd and belongings to a new location. A warm and impressive person it was a delight to meet him and his community and I hope I can return sometime in the future.


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2016-10-31 09:00:26 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Fun with Daddy - Hanoi

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Fun with Daddy - Hanoi

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2016-10-30 14:10:55 (18 comments; 12 reshares; 178 +1s; )Open 

Nomads of the high grassland in Ladakh
This woman reveals her deep distress at her son's stolen education. She recounts the story of saving to send her son for an education in the capital, under the care of a man who promised to look after him, only to discover, after some time, that her child was being put out to work instead of educated. I have found that parents of very little means around the world, often commit a huge part of scant resources to their children's education. While many, many children are able to gain from their parents' efforts, the parents own lack of formal education can sometimes leave them and their children vulnerable.

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Nomads of the high grassland in Ladakh
This woman reveals her deep distress at her son's stolen education. She recounts the story of saving to send her son for an education in the capital, under the care of a man who promised to look after him, only to discover, after some time, that her child was being put out to work instead of educated. I have found that parents of very little means around the world, often commit a huge part of scant resources to their children's education. While many, many children are able to gain from their parents' efforts, the parents own lack of formal education can sometimes leave them and their children vulnerable.

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2016-10-16 01:11:35 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

By the River's Dark - (best in album view)
Rural mela's (festival or gathering) in India often include elements of animal market and agricultural show (and associated sideshow alley) around a religious core. This mela centred around a special time to bathe in the Holy River Ganges. The peak time for bathing was at night and it was very busy as we walked in, in the dark, past stalls and sideshows setting up, to the steep and crowded ghats. Where people waited for a space to make the puja they had come for. A series of 9 images.

By the River's Dark - (best in album view)
Rural mela's (festival or gathering) in India often include elements of animal market and agricultural show (and associated sideshow alley) around a religious core. This mela centred around a special time to bathe in the Holy River Ganges. The peak time for bathing was at night and it was very busy as we walked in, in the dark, past stalls and sideshows setting up, to the steep and crowded ghats. Where people waited for a space to make the puja they had come for. A series of 9 images.___

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2016-10-09 03:48:23 (14 comments; 9 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

a play of light and colour in Kyoto

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a play of light and colour in Kyoto

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There is a reason people go to the top locations in Kyoto...
But also go beyond the top ten...Visit some of the other 1000 temples, better still hire a good local guide. Take one or more of the wonderfull, deep Kyoto walks https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Kyoto-Walks-Pico-Iyer-ebook/dp/B00KFM2J0C. Also always check for Geiko and Maiko performances which are often available.

There is a reason people go to the top locations in Kyoto...
But also go beyond the top ten...Visit some of the other 1000 temples, better still hire a good local guide. Take one or more of the wonderfull, deep Kyoto walks https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Kyoto-Walks-Pico-Iyer-ebook/dp/B00KFM2J0C. Also always check for Geiko and Maiko performances which are often available.___

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What Do You Always Carry With You? 18 Expert Travel Photographers Reply

For the second expert roundup on travel photography, I asked 18 friends the following question:

“Aside from cameras and lenses, what is the single piece of equipment that you always carry with you, wherever you travel?”

You can read their answers after the fold. I am sure there are some items in the list that will surprise you and that you never thought would be an indispensable complement to a travel photographer’s tools of the trade. Maybe you will consider carrying some of those on your next trip.

With +Luca Bracali, +Ron Clifford, +Shiv Verma, +Paul Pichugin, +Robert van Koesveld, Chris Upton, Matt Moreland, Bethany Lloyd, +Ralph Velasco, Robin Yong, +Barbara Weibel, +Doug Kaye, +Lauren Bath, +Valerie Jardin, +Jim Zuckerman, +Cody Duncan, +Viktor Elizarov, +DeborahSandi... more »

What Do You Always Carry With You? 18 Expert Travel Photographers Reply

For the second expert roundup on travel photography, I asked 18 friends the following question:

“Aside from cameras and lenses, what is the single piece of equipment that you always carry with you, wherever you travel?”

You can read their answers after the fold. I am sure there are some items in the list that will surprise you and that you never thought would be an indispensable complement to a travel photographer’s tools of the trade. Maybe you will consider carrying some of those on your next trip.

With +Luca Bracali, +Ron Clifford, +Shiv Verma, +Paul Pichugin, +Robert van Koesveld, Chris Upton, Matt Moreland, Bethany Lloyd, +Ralph Velasco, Robin Yong, +Barbara Weibel, +Doug Kaye, +Lauren Bath, +Valerie Jardin, +Jim Zuckerman, +Cody Duncan, +Viktor Elizarov, +Deborah Sandidge.___

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2016-09-30 00:38:31 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Happy to Wait a little monochrome ode to small business: From Kashgar. Series 2/3
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Happy to Wait a little monochrome ode to small business: From Kashgar. Series 2/3
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2016-09-27 05:40:46 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

a little monochrome ode to small business: This one from Mumbai India.
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a little monochrome ode to small business: This one from Mumbai India.
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2016-09-20 07:21:30 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

A recent interview for The Starfish

A recent interview for The Starfish___

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2016-09-20 01:08:50 (12 comments; 11 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Maiko Syoko, from Gion Kobu, in day makeup from my book. I am delighted that my book Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is now available from 'all good bookshops' in Australia, as it is being distributed through Penguin/Random House.
So that those outside Australia do not feel neglected, I have special reduced shipping for purchases from my website www.robertvankoesveld.com for September.

(The spelling of her name I have used is her own preferred spelling, however it is also often written as "Shouko")

Maiko Syoko, from Gion Kobu, in day makeup from my book. I am delighted that my book Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is now available from 'all good bookshops' in Australia, as it is being distributed through Penguin/Random House.
So that those outside Australia do not feel neglected, I have special reduced shipping for purchases from my website www.robertvankoesveld.com for September.

(The spelling of her name I have used is her own preferred spelling, however it is also often written as "Shouko")___

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2016-09-18 02:24:38 (14 comments; 12 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

I am delighted that my book Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is now available from 'all good bookshops' in Australia, as it is being distributed through Penguin/Random House.
So that those outside Australia do not feel neglected, I have special reduced shipping for purchases from my website www.robertvankoesveld.com for September.

I am delighted that my book Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is now available from 'all good bookshops' in Australia, as it is being distributed through Penguin/Random House.
So that those outside Australia do not feel neglected, I have special reduced shipping for purchases from my website www.robertvankoesveld.com for September.___

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