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#1 Jun 14th, 2004, 01:43
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Hi, folks. I have just launched my website, which may be of interest here. I'm working on a book on the Indian disapora (click on IndiaWorld), and there are two stories from India itself--the Fishers of Rameswaram and Jallikattu (under Galleries).

www.prestonmerchant.com

Enjoy. Feedback welcome and appreciated.
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Thanks, mpop!
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The pictures were wonderful! They made me want to be there. You have a great gift...It was powerful to see your photos of 9/11 as well.

Excellent job!
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#4 Jun 15th, 2004, 01:41
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Merchant,

Let me add to the litiny of praise here. Superb pics. you really need to add bali and fiji...and maybe suriname to your diaspora collection...and make it a coffee table book...
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Yes, albaruni--that's the plan. Funds, of course, are not easy to come by. I also need to hit, at a minimum, Vancouver, the north of England, and South Africa--in addition to Fiji--before I have anything that comes close to being global. Thanks for your comments.
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Enjoyed your website and good luck on your book. Don't forget Yuba City, California! You might find this link interesting:

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archive...diaspora.shtml

I'm planning on attending the parade there this year, I've heard its quite the big party!
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interesting project and very nice work. You should have some good travelling ahead of you to complete it, too!
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Great Images. Love the B&W. Are you shooting negatives and scanning?

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Merchant,

i loved your portraits (actors and actresses) best.

this is not to say that i didn't like your Indian documentary photography... but i like to be able to see eyes... the mirror of the soul...

great pictures anyway!! thanks for sharing

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wanderer, it's all film (slide and neg), then scanned from prints. Thanks.
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"Asians in Britain"

i have just come across a photobook "Asians in Britain" by Tom Smith (text: Naseem Khan). Tom Smith is a photographer based in Bradford (by choice ) and he has spent many years shooting Asians in that area of the UK...
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beautiful photos! My dream would be to do what you do..... Did you visit the dhow while it was docked in UAE? That must have been quite interesting....best of luck with the rest of your project!
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I was with the dhow while it was docked in Sharjah. I spent several afternoons and evenings with the crew, who were there for two weeks before sailing to Kuwait, then Iraq. They invited me to go with them, but alas I had to refuse.

One thing I would love to do is to sail on a dhow from Gujarat to the UAE (about 5 days afloat), which I don't think would be terribly hard to arrange. Dhows represent fairly informal transport, and an owner (Gujarati businessman) might agree to my passage just for the novelty of it.

The only thing the West hears about dhows is that they smuggle drugs and guns. One was recently plowed under "accidentally" by the USS Kennedy, an aircraft carrier. All crew missing and no owner or agent has come forward to say one of his boats hasn't turned up.

For every smuggling operation, there are hundreds of legitimate ones, a large number of which are crewed by Gujaratis. The boats are little floating Indian villages, complete with tea, rotis, and Rani Mukherji videos.
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A bit of a latecomer to this thread, but just wanted to applaud you on your efforts. Particularly liked the body of work on the dhow, proivded a wonderful insight into these people's lives without turning 'em into destitute third world victims.
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Thanks, velure.

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