“Respect, Love & Laughter”

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United States
New York City
Upper West Side

Through Harold’s Lens.

My son Harold and I enjoying a moment of respect, love and laughter at the Peter Turnley “Street Photography” Workshop. June ’14.

A personal thank you to classmate and Professional Photographer Oliver Ruf who created this photograph.
Blog: Oliver Ruf / Photography: http://www.oliver-ruf.com/ Oliver Ruf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oli.ruf?fref=ts

“Fly Fishing In The Mountains”

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United States
Through Harold’s Lens:

Playboy!
Loaded fly rod in hand
Wandered
Hills
Valleys
Mountains.

Eight-weight
Teasing trout
Dangling bait
Chasing tail
Morning, noon and night.

Moist creeks
Wandering streams
Soft shorelines
Full backing of
Mankind.

Banks of breeding bunnies
Tools in hand
Digging
For libido of man.

Pick-up
Lay down
Set the hook
Strip the line
Unload the rod.

Guiding N.O.W.
Steinem, Friedan, Fonda
No catch
Dry fly.

Playboy Mansion dam
Runoff
Steelhead, Hog Sucker, Southern Playfish
Bridle Shiner, Cutthroat, Killifish
Sleeper, Snook, Chiselmouth
Even Logperch and Paddlefish.

Ego on top of many mountains?
Many egos wearing mountains?

A little boy with grown up toys?
Little toys with a grown up boy?

Riding rockets to the moon.

Aging fisherman
Hatched
From warm waters
April nine
Nineteen twenty six.

Eighty-eight year journey
Eternal climb up mountains of lust
Traversing curving trails
Back to warm home.

Happy Birthday Hugh!

“Help From On High”

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Mexico
Through Harold’s Lens:

Please start the music first, as you are enjoying the images and words.
You will receive the full sensual experience of this story.

Ave Maria. Schubert Opera:

Atop
Touching our Lord
Draped in cascading folds of gold
The Immaculate Conception.

Nestled below
Silently in prayer
Whispers of peace
Whispers of help
Whispers for our poor.

Draped in flowing folds of white
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Wrinkled old man
Rags of threads
Rags of holes
Shuffles slowly
Cobblestones.

Soft knock
Rugged mesquite door
Rusted hinge creaks
Angelic face
Peers
From within.

Humbled old man
Twisted
Gnarled hands
Paints cross on chest
Head bows.

Aging hands of love
Quietly pass nourishment.

Whispers
Of love
Of comfort

Old old
Our sick
Our poor
Our lonely.

Amen

“Elegance”

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Thailand
Through Harold’s Lens:

Tranquility embraced her space
Dressed in flowing green silk
Wearing a contagious smile
Delicate hands
Held each other
In tight embrace.

Tip of sable hair
Gently touched
Palettes of beauty.

Reds
Blues
Greens
Blacks
Blends.

Asian history
Thousands of years
Personal history
A lifetime.

Her dreams
Flowed
Floated.

Narrated a story
Narrated a love
Narrated a heart.

Her hand-painted fan.

Egypt.“Angel In The Sand”

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Egypt
Through Harold’s Lens:

Waves of desert sand
Weaving around me
Luxor
Primary School
Before opening bell.

Hundreds of angels
Laughing & playing
Swirls of pink & purple & blue.

School uniforms you know

Pig tails & flowers & bows
Missing toofies
Teeny ear rings
Tiny headbands
Bridging swirling hair.

Giggling, running,
Jumping, sliding
Swinging, singing.

Me
Smiling with love
Mr.. SLR Nikon frozen
Mr. Pen Pal poised.

Egypt’s future
Rounds the corner.

Wow!
Memorized!
Stop!

Suspended awe!
Look at those eyes!
Pools of liquid chocolate!

“Please stand still
My little Princess”.

Oh my!
How beautiful!

Eyes for my heart
Eyes for my lens
Eyes for my Nikon
Eyes for my Mac.

Eyes for my world
Eyes for Through Harold’s Lens.

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray”

 

“Little Guys & I”

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Myanmar
Through Harold’s Lens:

Seven little guys
Kicking ball
In Park.

Sat down
Watched
Mr. SLR Nikon had fun.

Little guys stopped
Came over
Quizzical look.

Touched fingers
High fives
Bumped fists.

Little guys watched Mr. SLR
Showed photos
Little guys laughed.

Loaned Mr. SLR
Little guys shot.

We laughed together.

Seven small kids
Me
Two languages
Shared a moment
Bonded
Loved
Had fun.

How beautiful
Our world can be.

“My Life In A Hole”

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Cambodia
Through Harold’s Lens:

Mom buried me alive!

“In 1976 I was 5”, Savon said.
“Daddy dead”
“Brother dead”
“Mommy horrified”
“Me terrified”.

Khmer Rouge
Killing fields
3,000,000 slaughtered!

Protection from murder.

4:30am.
Home
Small village
Open field.

Dark deep hole.

Dirt hole
Five feet deep
Three feet square.

Roof
Thatched bamboo
Grass cover
Heavy.

My dark hole
Every morning.

Mom left me
Alone
In a hole
12 hours
Pure fright
Pure terror.

Mom in rice field
Picking.
Not fresh green stems
Not prime first cut.

One kernel
One kernel
One kernel.

One white kernel
One white kernel in the dirt.

Rats snapping
Cobras slithering
Mom’s tiny toes
Under water.

One meal that day
One meal day after day
After day
After day.

Mom buried me alive!

Khmer Rouge
Killing fields
3,000,000 slaughtered!

 

“Passionate Fan”

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Jordan
Through Harold’s Lens:

“Oh my God!”
“Oh my God!”
“Oh my God”

The teen girl screams.

Could it be?

Hands tremble
Fingers twitch
Heart pounds.

Knees knock
Pores sweat
Eyes beetle.

Love his movies
Saw every one
Five times.

Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago
Funny Girl.

Academy Award
Golden Globe
Best Actor.

“Oh my God!”
Sees me.

“Oh my God!”
Smiles at me.

“Oh my God!”
Winks at me.

“Oh my God!”
Walks to me.

Pen?
Paper?
Oh no!
Not in purse.

iPhone
Quick
Quiver
Shiver.

“Ca-ca-ca-can
I ha-ha-ha-have
Pic-pic-pic-picture
With you?”

His hands
Caress
My shoulder.

Never wash my sweater.

“Oh my God!”
Into my eyes
Into his eyes
Smiles.

Click. Click. Click.

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Tweet.

Omar Sharif

Dream
Wilt
Melt.

“Oh my God!”

Talented Photographer Olivia Visits Through Harold’s Lens.

Mexico
Olivia Nye Robbins

December 2013, 11-year old Olivia travelled, with her mother Courtney, to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a week of exploring.
The images Olivia captured, of the life and flavor of this UNESCO World Heritage site, are simply amazing for someone so young.
Camera: SLR Nikon D300s
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm 1:1.4 G lens.
Tripod: No.

Shooting: Manual.RAW mode
With her eye looking through the Nikon viewfinder, without looking at the dials, Olivia adjusted her camera’s shutter speed, f-stop, ISO and depth-of-field.

Post Processing: Adobe Lightroom 5, MacBook Air computer
Music: Macklemore, her favorite celebrity/musical artist

I hope you enjoy Olivia’s photography as much as I do!

“Soft Side Of Love”

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Egypt
Through Harold’s Lens:

Small Coptic Orthodox Church
Slowly with reference
Little boy
Grandmother
Pass through holy
Portals.

Idolizing eyes look up
Into proud eyes
Respect.

Aging slim legs
Young tiny feet

Quietly
Down long hallowed carpet.

Kneeling together
Deep prayer.

Aged dark wooden pew
Small family
Shufflles sideways.

Not alone
The Father
The Son
The Holy Spirit.

Alone moment
Quiet moment.

Crinkled hands
Folded
Young fingers
Folded.

Quietly arise.

Candles aglow
Beckon.

Little hand
Guided by
Wilted hand
Touch flame to flame.

Prayer
Deep thought
Rolling tears.

Connected by blood
Connected by love.

Husband remembered
Grandfather honored.

The soft side of love.

“Village Life”

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Cambodia
Through Harold’s Lens:

The first world
Does not pass by.

Her special world
Remote village
Outside
Siem Reap.

Vista
Dusty
Dirt road

Naked children
Kicking
Old ball.

Bent women
Carrying
Buckets
Heavy water.

Hunched men
Carrying
Pounds
Cut bamboo.

Simple
Easy going life.

She watches me.
She smiles at me.
She stares at my camera.
She looks at her photograph.

She laughs.
She is happy.

My favorite kind of world!

 

 

“A Great Tree Has Fallen”

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South Africa
Through Harold’s Lens:

On this day
When the great man is laid to rest
May the famous baobab tree
South Africa’s “Tree of Life”
Spring forth
Another
Nelson Mandela.

“My Surprise”

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Belgium
Through Harold’s Lens:

Last night
Before our date.

You gave me a red rose
You kissed me tenderly.

You kneeled
You gently lifted my left hand

You looked into my eyes
You said “will you marry me?”

You slipped a diamond on my finger

Your eyes glistened
Tears rolled down my cheeks
I leaned and kissed you gently.

I whispered “yes!”

Today
Brunch in a Belgium Cafe
You savoring a delicious beer
I savoring you.

I dreamed of our life together

Our children
To be
Our home
To be

Our life values
Our education values
Our religious values
How we love to be with each other.

Our tenderness
Our touch.

Our care
Our concern.

Our love.

“In sickness and in health
Until death do us part”

Vietnam.”Out Among The Cobras”

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Vietnam
Through Harold Lens:

Through Harold’s Lens celebrates it’s First Anniversary.

On behalf of my trusty sidekick, Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal, and myself, we thank the hundreds of our fans for their support, enjoyment, love and comments.

We have been introduced to many fascinating bloggers from around our world. Their “moments in time”, their rich country’s beauty, their loves and their heartaches.

Through Harold’s Lens has tried to engage you a bit in the various cultures around our world, capture an emotion in time and tell you the backstory of the shot.

We have lived with the Maasai in Tanzania, danced tango with lovers in Argentina, rode horses with the Charros in Mexico and so much more.

We have tried to engage you, your spirt and your heart in a rainbow of human emotions.

We have transported our “Followers” across a river of emotions, from love, hope, faith, happiness, appreciation, confidence, vitality, gratitude, patience and trust to fear, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, sadness, shame, envy, jealousy, self-pity, depression, frustration and intense passion.

All up close and personal.

We hope you join us as our journeys continue across the continents and cultures in Year Two.

 

“400 Years”

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Greece
Through Harold’s Lens:

Tradition
Pageantry
Ceremony
Proven valour.

The Evezones
Elite light infantry unit
Greek Army trained
Honor Guard.

Famous around the world
Men, hefty beefy
6’3”
Solid muscle.

Slow motion
Synchronized movements
Hourly
Changing of the Guard.

Parliament Building
Syntagma Square
Tomb of the unknown soldier.

Unique uniform
Recall Greek history.

Kilt
98 feet of cotton cloth
400 pleats
400 years of Ottoman occupation.

Clogs
Red leather, black pompons
Soles, 120 nails
Weight, 7 pounds.

Elite Presidential Guard
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