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Cultures of India – Music & Dance “In The Moment”


I had an opportunity to witness an incredible performance of music and dance from India. They covered “North, East, South and West” through music, song and dance. There were so many images that are worth sharing I’m breaking it down into smaller pieces, so stay tuned.

There is a moment that comes in all really good performances where the artist is no longer totally aware of the audience. For a moment they are one with their chosen performance. It may be with the music, the dance, the instrument. The audience no longer matters they are doing something they love. It is a deeply personal moment where the love for their craft comes through so completely that the forgotten viewer cannot help but be carried away.
As a photographer I LIVE for those moments – because although the artist does not know it we share that secret personal moment. I am lost to everything but the images before me and nothing matters but what is in my lens.

I also want to share that beauty with others so that they too can see the inner beauty I can see.

This is why I so often love to capture musicians preparing – because they gather their instruments and caress them as they prepare to engage the instrument. Dancers stretch and prepare their body. The artist is unaware of the audience and is not performing.

And during the performance I watch with the camera at hand hoping that they will forget about me and just become one with the music. IMG_85952 Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 11-54-37 AMCultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-24-58 PM Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-30-04 PM

Cultures of India – Music & Dance “Portraits”


I had an opportunity to witness an incredible performance of music and dance from India. They covered “North, East, South and West” through music, song and dance. There were so many images that are worth sharing I’m breaking it down into smaller pieces, so stay tuned.

Today we are exploring a few portraits of the artists that graced the stage. I have to admire the courage – and I am deeply grateful for sharing their culture.

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Cultures of India – Music & Dance “Hands”


I had an opportunity to witness an incredible performance of music and dance from India. They covered “North, East, South and West” through music, song and dance. There were so many images that are worth sharing I’m breaking it down into smaller pieces, so stay tuned.

Today’s collection is a closer look at the hands that created the breathtaking music. This is part of my larger collection of “Hands At Work – Hands At Play” http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosecoloredphoto/sets/72157634111981445/

What I love about this is you can see the love that is put into the use of these instruments. I spent a short amount of time as a musician so I know enough to know the work that goes in although I did not do the work myself. However I enjoy the visual of watching musicians interact with their instruments and I try and convey the love that they so clearly feel. Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-02-59 PM Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-03-30 PM Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-06-21 PM

Cultures of India – Music & Dance “Feet”


I had an opportunity to witness an incredible performance of music and dance from India. They covered “North, East, South and West” through music, song and dance. There were so many images that are worth sharing I’m breaking it down into smaller pieces, so stay tuned.

As a start – so much can be said by simply looking at the feet. Often we bind the feet in tight or painful casings and force dancers into unnatural forms. However for these traditional dancers the feet were bare and flat on the ground. It brings a natural base to the ethereal beauty of these women. Cultures of India - music and dance 6-26-2013 12-17-59 PM

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Victorian Details


Years ago I volunteered at a historic home in Rochester, MN called “The Heritage House”. Anyone who has known me for more than a minute has heard about my time in this wonderful place. It informs much of who I am now.
I went back for a visit. So while some of this is not my best photography, it is at the very least interesting history.

http://www.discoverourtown.com/MN/Rochester/Attractions/heritage-house-of-rochester/68062.html

Hand crocheted lace - was originally a "graduation" dress and was intended to be a wedding dress later. However the woman never married.

Hand crocheted lace – was originally a “graduation” dress and was intended to be a wedding dress later. However the woman never married.

Hand done in a "lincoln log" style quilting pattern. Smallest example of quilted squares in the house.

Hand done in a “lincoln log” style quilting pattern. Smallest example of quilted squares in the house.

Detail of a fabulous purple hat

Detail of a fabulous purple hat

Detail of a Victorian Dress

Detail of a Victorian Dress

This tiny little "dolls fainting couch" now is installed in the upstairs nursery.  It was likely originally a "salesman model"

This tiny little “dolls fainting couch” now is installed in the upstairs nursery. It was likely originally a “salesman model”

This bronze chandelier was originally kerosene and was found in a barn. It was rescued and restored and is now installed in the Heritage House

This bronze chandelier was originally kerosene and was found in a barn. It was rescued and restored and is now installed in the Heritage House

Detail of a chandelier - it was rescued from a barn

Detail of a chandelier – it was rescued from a barn

This is known as a "Sleepy Hollow Chair" it was never used in a formal sitting room or entertaining.

This is known as a “Sleepy Hollow Chair” it was never used in a formal sitting room or entertaining.

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Soap Catcher - soap came in smaller pieces and often would be brought down to shavings so the pieces would be gathered in the metal basket to be used to clean dishes or clothing.

Soap Catcher – soap came in smaller pieces and often would be brought down to shavings so the pieces would be gathered in the metal basket to be used to clean dishes or clothing.

Victorian Playing Cards

Victorian Playing Cards

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Victorian Doll

Victorian Doll

Victorian Knitting

Victorian Knitting

Opera Glasses

Opera Glasses

This is the detail on the bustle of wedding dress

This is the detail on the bustle of wedding dress

This is a detail of some of the carvings on the large piece of furniture that is the foyer. The size, quality, condition and decoration of the items in the foyer were an important part of the status of the household.

This is a detail of some of the carvings on the large piece of furniture that is the foyer. The size, quality, condition and decoration of the items in the foyer were an important part of the status of the household.