Posts Tagged ‘Aaron C. Greenman’

Aaron C. Greenman: Quatre Saisons en France Profonde

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Amidst the far-right political rhetoric, there is an old France – a rural, traditional land of common identity and hard-working values – and a new France — a modern country suffering from uncontrolled immigration, high unemployment, a welfare state, globalization and low self-esteem. It’s no great revelation, of course, to anyone with enough intelligence to understand beyond [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Uphill in Thailand

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In the Thai north – far from the honeymoon beach-oriented oases of the south that are so appealing to western tourists – live the indigenous peoples of Thailand, traditionally referred to as “chao khao”, meaning “mountain or forest people”. To foreign eyes, the setting is a romantic evocation of Asian jungle, with layered, green-coated mountains [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Japonisme and the Aesthetics of Photography

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As many of us know, and many of us will discover in our own lifetimes, Japan is a place existing within its own unique sense of rhythm. Perhaps no where is there a country so at once embracing and creating the future while at the same time eying and honoring its past. On travels in [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Pastoral Geometry in Zeeland

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In the southwest corner of The Netherlands sits Zeeland, an area of profound beauty and tumultuous history. In a country that exists largely below sea level, and one that has made its national struggle a triumph over the oceans – “beter voorkomen dan genezen” (better to prevent than to cure) – Zeeland has shaped its landscape [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Facing Reality in a Virtual World

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There is so much about the modern world, and our experiences within it, that is virtual. Cities teem with foreign neighborhoods, adapted shadows of their homes; movies and television transport us to other lands, without risk or consequence; the internet, where the lure of virtual travel, taste, sociability, gaming, porn, is limitless. And what have [...]

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Aaron C Greenman: Passing Time On India’s Rooftop

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Just 1,200 kilometers from the immense metropolis of the National Capital Region, and 400 kilometers from the picturesque yet often tensioned Srinagar, sits the capital of a place unlike any other: Ladakh. Heavily influenced by Tibetan culture and Buddhism, Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, Kashmir and Jammu to the west, Lahaul and Spiti to [...]

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Aaron C Greenman: Moscow Anonymous

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To the photographer on the street, nothing is as sacred as anonymity. Like nightfall and its cover of darkness, anonymity protects from unwanted attention or prying eyes, allowing the photographer to move through the midst of the city, watching and blinking with his camera while few take notice. Such cover becomes particularly important in Moscow, [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Spain: Moments Behind the Headlines

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To the average citizen reading about Spain in the newspapers these days, the headlines are painfully repetitive, highlighting the country’s troubles exacerbated by an ill-conceived – or perhaps simply half-baked – Eurozone. The topics of conversation, which often undermine more serious and nuanced efforts to explain the country’s issues, are typical, and made for entertainment [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Lost in the Golden Horn

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To the freshly arrived, Istanbul’s geography can be confusing – and, that being said, a most wonderful place to simply get lost. For those coming from the Far East, there seems to be few obvious aesthetic similarities; for those arriving from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, or India, each can pick out elements that [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: In Search of Lost Time

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Normandy’s Côte Fleurie is, above all, a sensory experience. And to the senses, the area seems anything but modern, operating instead on a time continuum that is more appropriate to an age past. Honfleur’s winding cobblestone streets, which hug its picturesque, rectangular boat basin, hang heavy with the legacy of the 16th and 17th century explorers who [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: The God of Small Things

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Arundhati Roy’s novel “The God of Small Things” blew my mind. Like Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”, it had themes both monumental and intimate. It left more questions in my head than it answered. Its portrayal of South India, and Kerala in particular, was at times sublime, at times brutal, and unfailingly – whether talking about the smells, the sounds or the tastes [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: “Pazite, Snajper!” Sifting for Remnants of the Siege

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Where were you in 1995? In Europe, we think often of, and frequently see the evidence of, the atrocities of the great wars of the early to mid-20th century. We celebrate victory days as holidays, remember our earlier generations’ pain and suffering, and every once in a while meet someone of those dying generations who [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Peeling Back the Sprout

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The romantic districts and glorious museums of Paris, the booming economy and ethnic energy of London, but what about Brussels? Capital of Europe? Flemish and Walloon tension? Beer? Waffles? Definitely not the capital of sunshine. In the shadow of its bigger, more outwardly impressive sisters, Brussels continues along as a quieter and largely unknown city, [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: A Candid View Of The Holy Lands, Part 2

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This is the second part of a two-part blog post about Aaron C. Greenman’s recent work in Israel, with the first part concentrating on Jerusalem and the second part the Israeli countryside. As written about in the earlier post, the term “the Holy Lands” ‑ depending on your place of origin, education and religion ‑ [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: A Candid View Of The Holy Lands, Part 1

© Aaron C. Greenman

This is the first part of a two-part blog post about Aaron C. Greenman’s recent work in Israel, with the first part concentrating on Jerusalem and the second part the Israeli countryside. The term “the Holy Lands” ‑ depending on your place of origin, education and religion ‑ conjures up different places and images to [...]

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