Instructions for living a life:  Pay attention.  Be astonished.  Tell about it.

                                                                              Mary Oliver

The work posted on this site is inspired by an image I encountered when studying art history at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  It is the image of the flaneur, the one who leisurely wandered the streets of 19th century Paris casting observing eyes on urban life as the city moved into the modern world.   This observor strolled in search of meaning, exploring, questioning -- and becoming a connoisseur of the streets and the human spirit to be seen there.  These were individuals, in the words of Susan Sontag, "Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseurs of empathy."  

This site reflects several categories of observing while wandering with a camera.  First, are photographs and reflections on the recent travel throughout Southeast Asia that I am prividleged to do.  There are, also, images and information on the ongoing work in Myanmar to conserve and creatively redevelop the historic city of Yangon.  And because the images of home and family are critically sustaining both during travel abroad and while reflecting on life's meaning, they remain an important focus of my ongoing attention.  My blog will be the place where I share ongoing efforts to understand the experiences I am having and the worlds I am encountering along the way.



View of the Shwedagon Pagoda across Kandawgyi Lake