Back and Back and Back again... I arrived in Mumbai last week and though the heat and smell have been staggering, the rain has been Beautiful!
After spending most of August shooting and traveling: Seattle, Portland, Zion Nation Park, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas… then working back home in LA a few weeks before flying to NYC and work-shopping with the my mentor David Alan Harvey and a wonderful band of photogs at one of Harvey’s amazing loft weeks in Brooklyn- www.burnmagazine.org… I then happily flew to Evansville, Indiana for a busy 3 day shoot: photographing acting students at the University of Evansville… and then finally caught on a quick 18 hour flight from Chicago to Mumbai.
As my stomach and circadian rhythms re-adjust, the hours seem to creep slowly by while the days now seem to be flying! I’m still getting back into the Indian groove (takes about a week or two), catching up with old friends and readying for the next wave of work, which will include meeting(s) with the publisher, editing photos and transcripts, a few re-shoots and ‘touch wood’ photographing the last few remaining A-list actors I want for the book. At the top of the list are two of the biggest stars in the world (though most Americans have never heard of them): Amitabh Bachchan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amitabh_Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrukh_Khan as well as the actor best known actor to American audiences from “Slum Dog Millionaire,” Anil Kapoor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anil_Kapoor.
I’ll also be meeting a slew of students and struggling actors in the coming days, searching for more unique stories of inspiration and insight. Plus, time to now re-examine and define what the book is really about; re-align with its original cord, balance and fine-tune its intention and composition… and give it more Heart, as I dig for more creative truth in myself.
All this as the cacophony of Mumbai calls out. CHALO MUMBAI!!!
Signing off and signing in,