Thoughts on Resilience from Kenya over Sunset

Thoughts on Resilience from Kenya over Sunset

On April 1st I leave to go back to Africa for a short two week trip. The main purpose of the trip is to photograph …

 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

This past Saturday was International Women’s Day.  I posted a handful of images to facebook, but I didn’t have time to post them here.  Women …

 

Free Kashmir Twitter Storm

Free Kashmir Twitter Storm

Right now there is a Twitter Storm happening around the tag #FreeKashmir.  Kashmiris around the world and people who support them are tweeting with this …

 

New Year

New Year

Good night 2013. Your nights of silence have roared past my ears and your birds have flown down from their star filled trees to lift me from darkness.

 

ENEMIES TEDx Talk Online

ENEMIES TEDx Talk Online

Hi everyone, My TEDx talk about ENEMIES has finally been posted online.  Here it is.  I am also speaking about ENEMIES and other works at the …

 

My Work in Sudan and More on Kashmir’s Half Widows

My Work in Sudan and More on Kashmir’s Half Widows

Last week I got a call during dinner from a Sudanese man who is working to promote peace on the border of Sudan and South …

 

Kashmiri Half-Widows and New Works

Kashmiri Half-Widows and New Works

I’m re-building my website, nelsonguda.com, and I just put a first version online here.  I haven’t filled the site out with my old projects, but …

 

Video of my ENEMIES talk on TEDx – rough cut

Video of my ENEMIES talk on TEDx – rough cut

The ENEMIES Project on TEDx I just found that they put up the video from last weekend’s TEDx conference!  This is a rough cut of the …

 

ENEMIES on TEDx tomorrow!

ENEMIES on TEDx tomorrow!

My TEDx talk tomorrow will be webcast! You can watch it here at about 11:30 am CST. My talk supposedly starts at 11:50, but time …

 

Telling Stories to Ourselves and Others

Telling Stories to Ourselves and Others

There are several messages in the TEDx talk I am giving this weekend, but this is the final message: “The way you tell a story …

 

Thoughts on Kindness and Pain

Thoughts on Kindness and Pain

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is the temple; …

 

Process and Darkness

Process and Darkness

I have been reticent to update my blog recently, and I’m not sure why.  I think it is because I have been in experimental mode …

 

Harsh Paradise – Trouble in Kashmir

Harsh Paradise – Trouble in Kashmir

Harsh Paradise…  This is a difficult blog post to write, and perhaps that is why I’ve been putting it off. I had thought I was …

 

ENEMIES in Our Midst – Looking Hard at Ourselves.

ENEMIES in Our Midst – Looking Hard at Ourselves.

Racism.  Ugly word, but it is reality.  I love the USA, and I also hate it at times. The USA is looking at racism again …

 

ENEMIES – Works and Process

ENEMIES – Works and Process

Hi everyone, This post is the start of a two month long sharing of where the ENEMIES Project came from and my process of creating works …

 

OBSESSIONS: Life as a Canvas for Art: My recent talk about ENEMIES.

OBSESSIONS: Life as a Canvas for Art: My recent talk about ENEMIES.

How to meet warlords and militants, or… 20 steps to avoid if you want a simple life       I gave this talk last week for Pecha Kucha, Austin. …

 

The End of the World

The End of the World

Peace must be worked for. It isn’t easy. Nobody ever said it was. I have seen this. The world won’t end tomorrow, and many of …

 

Background to ENEMIES

Background to ENEMIES

While I am putting together new works from my Kashmir trip, I thought you all might like to see the project that was probably the …

 

Floating Among the Clouds and Stars

Floating Among the Clouds and Stars

Ladakh… Wild taxi rides snaking over passes through snow-capped mountains to monasteries perched on the edges of cliffs. Young monks playing with matchbox cars and …

 

Leaders in a Harsh Paradise

Leaders in a Harsh Paradise

Kashmir rushed upon us like a charging animal. In other conflict zones I have gone in quietly and with subtle diplomacy in order to find …

 

Fire, Sorrow and Caution

Fire, Sorrow and Caution

Again I have been holding off on posting about Kashmir, because the situation here has been a bit uncertain. After the burning down of the …

 

Kashmir

Kashmir

So, here we are in Kashmir. I needed to wait and feel things out before blogging about this very complicated conflict. The first thing I …

 

Staying in former and current conflict zones

Staying in former and current conflict zones

Rainy morning. No electricity. This is one of the complaints of the Kashmiris I’ve talked to – their massive water resources are dammed for hydroelectric …

 

McLeod Ganj Walk

McLeod Ganj Walk

I’ve been in McLeod Ganj longer than I planned – going on two weeks now.  A couple weeks ago China closed Tibet to foreigners, so …

 

Political Prisoners and the Most Powerful Refugee Community in the World

Political Prisoners and the Most Powerful Refugee Community in the World

Arresting, horrifying, sad… what else to describe the photographs and illustrations in the offices and gallery of GuChuSum.  GuChuSum is the Tibetan Former Political Prisoners Association. …

 

The Cosmopolitan Monks Society and Dual Realities

The Cosmopolitan Monks Society and Dual Realities

Reality is always more complex than you might imagine it to be. It just is, and you have to get used to it. Brilliant happiness …

 

Dharamsala – the Outcast Tibet

Dharamsala – the Outcast Tibet

McLeod Ganj – a town uphill from Dharamsala that houses much of the Tibetan community in the area. I came to Dharamsala to meet up with …

 

ENEMIES – On the road again.

ENEMIES – On the road again.

I am finally on the road for ENEMIES again.  This time I am on my way to Kashmir via Dharamsala India.  My goal in Kashmir …

 

Getting there – Part 1

Getting there – Part 1

Getting to India… Getting there – Part 1

 
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