Sunday, February 22, 2009


Buddhist focus - photo copyright Scott Allan Stevens,
I haven't been posting a lot of new photos here recently, only because I've been too busy taking new ones! I'm currently enjoying the International Festival of Sacred Arts in Delhi, India, with a stunning array of music and dance, along with films, workshops, visual arts, talks, and yes...photographic opportunities! This is a Buddhist mandala under construction. The colors you see are all just colored sand, intricately laid and layered by Buddhist monks using thin metal cones. The monks will work on it throughout the festival, then wipe the sand into a pile and dump it in a nearby river. It's a meditation, and a statement about the impermanence of all things. And it's beautiful.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Live, from far away...

Tyva Kyzy
It was a magical night, January 16. That was the day Tuvan group Tyva Kyzy returned to Olympia for a one-night show at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to taking in a great show of traditional music from Central Asia (Tuva is nestled between Siberia and Mongolia), I also had an opportunity to do some live concert photography. And with these amazing musicians and their beautiful costumes, it was a true pleasure. More of my photos of Tyva Kyzy here.