In 1957 I met a retired army photographer who had been stationed in post war Germany. He had taken unbelievable black and white photos of the mayhem and destruction across Germany. Building after building blasted apart with building fragments scattered everywhere. Seeing his work I became interested in photography and started shooting and developing black and white photos until sometime in the late 60s when I began shooting color.

Living in the Middle East in the mid 70s I took photos of the country and people where I lived while my ‘day’ job was managing a hospital. I have continued to travel and shoot photos where ever I go. Some of the countries where I have photo collections include United States, the Caribbean, Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland, Jordan, Mexico, Kenya, Greece, England, and Saudi Arabia.

Photographer Jerry Miller at the Red Sea with someone’s ‘pet’.

Having lived and worked in several countries in Africa and Asia afforded me the opportunity to observe local people and their way of life.  Growing up I guess I always had a fascination about what was over the next hill or what I could see from the top of a hill.  That curiosity extends to what lay beyond the confines of my hometown and my country.  In the photographs I take, I try to capture what makes the person or place unique to me.  On the continent of I’ve lived in Sudan and Botswana and traveled to Angola, South Africa, Congo, Madagascar, Egypt, Mozambique, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Swaziland.  I have also lived in Nepal and while living there traveled to India, Tibet and Kashmir.  I’ve also traveled to Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Viet Nam, Indonesia, New Guinea, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Philippines, and Johnston Atoll.  I’ve also traveled to Machu Pichu and the Galapagos Islands.  I hope my photographs give you some sense of how other people live and what their country looks like.
I also have a bit of and adventurous streak having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,300 feet in Tanzania a couple years ago.  I also climbed several mountains in the Himalayas in Nepal up around 20,000 feet.

–Photographer Bob Miller with a glacier and the Himalaya Mountains in background.

 There are three kinds of trips I find myself taking: the trips meant to get away from the daily grind where the destination doesn’t really matter; the trips to see people that I care about; and the trips to learn something about the world, which typically teach me something about myself as well. I rarely carry a camera with me on the first two but I bring my 5 year old Canon 5D with two lenses (a wide angle and telephoto) on the eye-opening journeys. The places I’ve visited with this camera are often remote, expansive, and barren with complicated histories: the north slope of ANWR in the Arctic where the oil debate rages; the Solar de Uyuni in Bolivia where a another valuable commodity — lithium — hopes to lift a country our of poverty; Sarajevo where just 17 years ago witnessed genocide and was shelled to ruins; and the dry highlands of South Africa, where even more recently was home to Apartheid. To me, photography is an initial attempt to interpret a place through the serendipitous encounter between me and a foreign land. The lasting images will preserve feelings for me about where I was in time, in place, and in life. In that sense, my photography is personal but I hope you enjoy it too.

–Photographer Charles Miller in Bolivia.

I teach and research about South Asian art history. In the process of my research, I need to travel across the Indian sub-continent and photograph monuments, sculptures, paintings, dance performances, cultural events and people in different cultural settings. This makes it necessary for me to learn about photography and I am in the process of continuous learning. Apart from photographing subjects for my research, I also photograph any other scenery that interests me. This helps me to learn about photography. I usually go for natural settings. Sunsets and sunrises are of special interest to me. I have handled a Yashica SLR film camera in the past which had a telephoto-lens and a wide-angle lens, which gave me a combined range of 25mm to 270mm. Unfortunately, I lost that camera and have had to move on to digital photography now. I’m using Sony Cybershot DSC H7 till I will be able to buy an SLR camera again.

–Photographer Archana in India.

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