TA Travels: Incredible India - Delhi++ 

Putting together this travel series has been a joy as I’ve relived many of the trip’s unbelievable moments while skimming through images, but, also a bit sad as I miss India almost as much as I miss the places that I consider home. 

These photographs may not be picture perfect but they capture real life moments and important parts of history. In many of them you can see the thick air, looming with the strong scent of open air fires that burn throughout the country. 

The colors are distinct; for me, the noises are still ingrained within the images and the joy of adventure is prevalent throughout each photograph. I hope this chaos and vibrancy that I had long mused of in my mental escapes remains long in my memory…or at least until I return.   

Check back later to see the second half of this feature. And to see other previous photography posts covering my travels through India have a look here and here

Cheerful treading ~CRS 

Each image is tagged with it’s location. Should you have any questions or musings you’d like to share, please reach out to me at christine@treadingart.com. 

Humayun's Tomb (the draft for the Taj Mahal), New Delhi City Palace, Jaipur Amber Fort, Jaipur Qutab Minar Taj Mahal detail ...Taj Mahal, Agra Qutab Minar, New Delhi Galta Temple, Jaipur Temple outside of Qutab Minar Mehrauli Archaeological Park, New Delhi

Tid Bits: Spring Reading

These three books changed my life. Just Kids is a soul bearing memoir that steps inside the intimate relationship of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe as they navigate their youth during the 1970’s renaissance of New York’s art scene. It’s beautifully written, inspirational and tragic. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird maps out the very real, very funny and very trying practice of writing. Lastly, the Dalai Lama brings the reader into the fold in The Art of Happiness through his very insightful approach to living; reminding us that happiness is found through compassion, openness and giving to others.

ML  

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“Observing people taking in the work I had watched Robert create was an emotional experience. It had left our private world. It was what I had always wanted for him, but I felt a slight pang of possessiveness sharing it with others. Overriding that feeling was the joy of seeing Robert’s face, suffused with confirmation, as he glimpsed the future he had so resolutely sought and had worked so hard to achieve.” 
― Patti SmithJust Kids

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“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” 
― Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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“If you approach others with the thought of compassion, that will automatically reduce fear and allow an openness with other people. It creates a positive, friendly atmosphere. With that attitude, you can approach a relationship in which you, yourself, initially create the possibility of receiving affection or a positive response from the other person. And with that attitude, even if the other person is unfriendly or doesn’t respond to you in a positive way, then at least you’ve approached the person with a feeling of openness that gives you a certain flexibility and the freedom to change your approach as needed.” 
― Dalai Lama XIVThe Art of Happiness

Here at Treading Art we emphasize the importance of training your aesthetic eye. And in our opinion, that is best done by viewing art that is accomplished in a variety of mediums as well as by those at differing career levels. For this avail, we introduce the photographs of Rebecca Lessner.  

Some background…In mid-fall we were lucky to meet Rebecca as she enthusiastically applied to help shoot Discover Pittsburgh, Treading Art’s city-wide program of events. Her gusto for the project transcended into the desire to stay on as Treading Art’s photography intern and the professional/mentoring relationship has blossomed since. Melissa and I will certainly be sad, and feel the loss, when her time comes to flourish at her next opportunity. As she graduates from Point Park University next month we are ecstatic that a portion of her thesis work, “Hunter Gatherer,” is on exhibit at The Mine Factory until April 13th.

In the meantime, we take pride in being able to tease you with a few of Rebecca’s photographs not included in the show. Use this privy as enticement to view the rest of her work, and the other eight rising artists, before it closes.

To better understand her thesis, enjoy these words directly from the artist:

The reason I chose to shoot Hunter Gatherer comes from my childhood growing up in a backwoods small-town. It was not only the woods that influenced my work, but also my family and my father’s friends. Hunting in a small town becomes a family affair. I am as close with my dad’s hunting buddies as I am my family. What is most influential, the awareness I believe I’ve taken away from watching my father and his friends plan a hunt, is the amount of thought and precision they put into it. I believe the reverence and gratitude that comes from gathering ones own food is often overlooked. I felt a draw to show the direct relationship hunter gatherers have with the land they personally cultivate and protect. 

To view more of Rebecca’s work, visit her beautifully-done website here.

~CRS

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Enjoy these photographs from our latest Treading Art Salon Series that took place a few weeks back. This round was inspired by our country’s vaudeville days and included the talented artwork of artist Zack Emma, an original concept, interactive music machine and talisman + readings from the lovely Maggie Negrete - all local talent! 

To learn more about Treading Art’s work as a cultural programming firm please email me at christine@treadingart.com. 

Enjoy ~CRS 

Photography credit: Rebecca Lessner 

Zack Emma discussing his artwork the music machine originators demonstrating their work talisman and readings by Maggie Negrete Vaudeville inspired snacks and drinks hostess, Linda Nawrocki, and guests enjoying themselves design detail