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Photographer travels the world to document its last surviving tribes

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut. The quote appears on a poster for a New York gallery event. It’s for award-winning photographer Terri Gold’s exhibit Still Points in a Turning World, which she describes as “visual tales from my travels to the last mysterious corners of the world.”

Her subjects are tribes from across Africa, and further East to India and China – people and cultures that have managed to keep themselves tucked away as the world embraces yet another century of change and globalisation.

Finding still points in a turning world and bringing them to you, beginning April 19th at Salomon Arts Gallery in #tribeca #photography #photographyexhibit #galleryshow #gallery #arts #nycartsscene #events #spring #nyc #shows #linkinbio

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"Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love."Alfred Sisley Busy preparing for my exhibition…so many details…wonderful to remember all the people I have met and the stories I want to share. Every picture shows a place that has added to my knowledge of our wild, diverse, some times brutal and often beautiful world! #kenya #MtKilamanjaro #infrared #stillpointsinaturningworld #Maasai #terrigoldworldimagery #salomonartsgallery #africanamazing #culturalheritage #fineartphotography #people_infinity #passionpassport

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“Terri Gold is a seeker, a world traveler to many of the more remote places of the globe who is entranced by peoples so unlike her and her community that one has to wonder at her enchantment,” says photographer Harvey Stein.

“Her luminous photographs, made more otherworldly by the use of special toning and waxing techniques and infrared radiation rather then conventional light rays, show us more than we can imagine and takes us out of our routine lives into realms of the miraculous and the unknowable.”

“There’s a tendency for those of us in the dominant Western culture to view traditional people—even when we’re sympathetic to their plight—as quaint and colorful, but reduced to the sidelines of history, while the real world, which of course is our world, continues moving forward. We see these societies as failed attempts at modernity, as if they’re destined to fade away by some natural law, as if they can’t cope with change. That’s simply not true. Change is the one constant in history. All societies in all times and in all places constantly adapt to new possibilities for life.” Wade Davis – opening reception April 19th Salomon Arts Gallery 83 Leonard St, NYC #passionpassport #stillpointsinaturningworld #ladakh #buddhistmonastery #people_infinity #terrigoldworldimagery #fineartphotography #salomonartsgallery #infraredworld

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“Photography is a major force in explaining man to man” – Edward Steichen #nomad camp in Niger in the Sahel desert during the Gerewol Festival #african_portraits #niger #hippieinhills #terrigoldworldimagery #gerewol #wodaabe

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Terri Gold claims that “traditional knowledge of indigenous societies has the power to contribute to the planet’s modern vision of technology, science and medicine, and sustainable living.”

“Though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, it is my hope that we recognize our common humanity. In the end, our only heritage is our planet. As beautiful as it is diverse…” she adds.

"All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade." Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #infraredworld #niger #wodaabe #africanamazing #african_portraits #world_shotz #stillpointsinaturningworld #terrigoldworldimagery #people_infinity

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“The introduction of resources and technologies, Gold says, is necessary, but it must not erase the cultural heritage of the people. The whole world suffers if their legacy is lost,” writes Ellyn Kail.

“Gold’s pictures aren’t a eulogy to ‘vanishing’ tribes; they’re a testament to the endurance of humanity. Everything changes with time, but if we’re lucky, we can learn from our histories as we move into the future,” Kail adds.

Today's Still Point in a Turning World: A Woman in Ethiopia The women and men of the Suri tribe in the Omo Valley adorn their bodies with materials from the natural world around them, using plants, grass, shells, bone, animal hide, clay and colorful abstract body painting with natural pigments. Beautification and scarification practices are the way an individual establishes their identity within the community.  #WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay #womenaroundtheworld #Ethiopia #StillPointsinaChangingWorld #terrigold #terrigoldworldimagery #photography #photographyexhibit #nyc #galleryshow

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As of writing, the exhibit at the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca, New York is still ongoing and will end on May 11.

For more of Terri Gold’s work, visit her website or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

"It is not down in any map; true places never are." Herman Melville #niger #wodaabe #gerewol #nomads #african_portraits #terrigoldworldimagery #ig_shotz #myfeatureshoot #camels #hippieinhills

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Still on cloud 9 from the opening reception of my exhibit "Still Points in a Turning World" more pictures to come. It was a wonderful night – the gallery was full with great spirit- great energy – great friends , family and art collectors … wonderful to share my visual tales from some of the last mysterious places on the earth ! #stillpointsinaturningworld #galleryshow #nycgallery #salomonartsgallery #terrigoldworldimagery #terrigold #wildworld #diversity #earthday #infrared #tribalculture

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