“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.

“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”

“Alone. Not Lonely”

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Jordan
Through Harold’s Lens:

Big & Barren
Flat
360
Scattered rocks
Skimpy shrubs.

Black snaking ribbon
Long
Narrow
Shimmered.

Blind curve

Brakes jammed
Squealed
Smoked
Burned
Skid sideways.

Shoulder
Crashed against door
Head
Crashed against dash.

Huddled masses

Hundreds
Weaving across black ribbon
Long line
Stretching wide.

Unique goat bells
Signaled stud males
Signaled ewes in heat.

Roaming groups
Long hair
Waiting
Shearing for wool.

On the tail
Nomad
Dusty
Shuffling slowly
Barren desert.

Tattered sweater & wool
Loose cotton & head wrap.

She was ten
Small
One stick in hand
Herding
Hundreds of friends.

She was not alone.

“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.

“Where Spirits Soar”

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Chile
Through Harold’s Lens:

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Bottom of our world
Where ice mountains drift
Where winds of ice blow
Where giant condors soar.

The melodic beauty
The haunting sounds
The lone pan flute
Flowed.

Across the Andes Mountain Range
Around thick, wood forest
Around dark, bark trees
Around green, pine needles.

Drawing me
Luring me
Sucking me in
Capturing me.

My first view

Long black flowing hair
Strong fighting face
Distant stare
Spiritual leader?

What was happening here?

The Great Spirit?
Deep religious rite?
Communication with ancestors, Gods?
Fireballs, comets, shooting stars?

Cultural worship?
Harmonious earthly elements?
Wind, rain, mountains, springs
Animals, birds, trees, plants
Full moon.

Ritual love affair?
Language of the land?
Traditional. Native
Beauty, love
Honor, virtue.

Slowly
Silently
I nestled in
Soft pine needles.

Listening
Swaying
Emotionally bathing.

The beauty of our world.

“Horrific”

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Cambodia
Through Harold’s Lens:
1975-79

WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT!

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Pol Pot Regime
Khmer Rouge
Terror
Killing fields
3,000,000 people slaughtered!

Society
Confiscated: private property
Burned: homes to the ground
Banned: family relationships
Separated: children from parents
Relocated: different parts of Cambodia
Relocated: collective farms, forced labor
Banned: personal utensils
Eliminated: privacy, sexual relations
Death: family members communicating
Banned: religion, Buddhist temples destroyed
Murdered: 60,000 monks
Abolished: freedom to travel
Abolished: postal service, telephone service
Closed: hospitals, factories
Closed: schools, books burned
Closed: banks, money burned
Destroyed: bank records, claims to funds
Isolated: Cambodia from foreign countries.

Family
Grandmother, Grandfather
Mother, Father
Daughter, Son
Infant.

Long marches: days through countryside
Died: children, elderly, sick
Work: 12 hours non-stop, no rest, no food,
no medicine, no medical services
Death: disease, illness
Death: exhaustion, overwork
Death: starvation
Murdered: offenders
Murdered: intellectuals, city-dwellers
Murdered: teachers, minorities
Murdered: merchants, suspected traitors
Murdered: practicing religion
Raped: females
Torture: children taught methods with animals
Torture: children carried out torture, executions.

Torture
Mass graves: 20,000, 1,386,734 victims
Torture centre: 16,000 sent to death
Secret prison: S-21.14,000 prisoners, 12 survived
Small cells: shackled to walls & concrete floor
Large cells: collectively shackled to long iron bars
Food: human feces
Water: human urine
Torture: sliced with knives
Torture: electric shocks, searing hot metal
Torture: suffocation in plastic bags
Torture: fingernails pulled out, alcohol poured on wounds
Torture: alive, bled to death
Torture: alive, sliced open, organs removed, no anesthetic
Torture: alive, skinned
Torture: heads held under water
Execution: pickaxes, spades, sharpened bamboo sticks, machetes
Execution: heads of children, infants bashed against trees.

30 years later
Widows: tens of thousands
Orphans: tens of thousands
Living: severe traumatization

Pol Pot Regime
Khmer Rouge
Terror
Killing fields
3,000,000 people slaughtered!

May our world never forget this horrific event.

Documentation Center of Cambodia

http://www.dccam.org

“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.

“Pondering The Loss Of Nelson Mandela”

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Guatemala
Through Harold’s Lens:

Today
Our world lost
Truly great man
True hero of our time.

Let us never forget

One-of-a-kind stature
Wisdom
Grace
South Africa’s
Nelson Mandela.

His final walk to freedom has begun.

“Goooooooooooool”

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Argentina
Through Harold’s Lens:

Little five-year old boy dreams
Dad put him up to that.

Sunday
Afternoons with Dad
Holding hands
Climbing onto the big bus
Packed with fanatical fans.

Hot
Hip to hip
Weaving
Bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Arrival
Argentina’s famous stadium
La Bombonera.

Home
The most successful
soccer team in the world
Famous Boca Juniors.

Great
Legends played here.

Bloody
Rough game
Hated arch rival
Mexico.

Today
Gold Medal
Final game
World Cup
World Champion.

49,000
Scream
Chant
Pound drums
Passion explodes.

Rolls
Toilet paper
Stream
Across heads.

1-1
Score tied.

Minute to play

Mexico
End of field.

Little boy
Drills ball

Slow motion
White arch through air
Wind screams
Hearts stop
Mouths hang open.

Up
Up
Top left
Open net
Swish!
Gooooooooooool!

#7
Yellow-blue jersey
Retired that day.

Boca Juniors Museum Hall of Fame.

Dreams
Built
One grain of sand at a time.

Thanks Dad.

“Breakfast”. Alcoholic: The Dark Side.

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Your Town
Through Harold’s Lens:

9:06 am
The Diner

“Good morning, Susan”

“Mornin’, Harry”

“What’ll it be this morning?”

“Double martini
Vodka
Extra dry
Chilled stem
Two olives”

“Rough night again?”

“Yeah
Damn kids
The old man
Bitch of a fight”

“This will fix you up”

“How about something to eat?”

“15 minutes, Harry”

“Eggs
Over easy
Bacon
Toast
Juice
Shot of Smirnoff”

“Harry,
Hit me again

Double”

Ring. Ring. Ring.
“Hello
Alcoholics Anonymous.
Can I help you?”

“My name is Susan.
I’m an alcoholic.”

“The Wagon”. Alcoholic: The Dark Side.

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Your Town
Through Harold’s Lens:

Heaven to hell

Took my soul to hell
Alone
In the dark.

Hell to heaven

8,394 1/2 days
Rode the wagon
with soft friends.

Heaven back to hell

Only 1 beer
1 led to 2
2 led to 4
4 led to 8.

11:00 am

Team meeting
Straight talk
Messrs Grey Goose,
Crystal Head, Finlandia,
Stolichnaya, Absolut,
Smirnoff, Belvedere,
Skyy and Pinnacle.

No body odor
Made me feel good.

1
2
3

Discussion with wife.
4
Argument with wife.
5
Wife disgusted.
6
Daughter terrified.
7
Grandchildren scared.
8
Friends shuffled away.
9
One for the road.
10
Just a nightcap.
11
Messrs rolled across floor
Naked and empty.

Soul back in hell
Alone
In the dark.

Wagon left without me

Ring. Ring. Ring.
“Hello
Alcoholics Anonymous.
Can I help you?”

“My name is Mark.
I’m an alcoholic.”

“Dear Daddy.” Alcoholic: The Dark Side.

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Your Town
Through Harold’s Lens:

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Daddy
Is it cold down there?

Are you asleep?
Can you breath?

It’s very quiet here.

A man just threw dirt
On top of your box.

Mommy says
It’s a coffin.

A man in a black suit
With a white collar
Has a black book
Open

He’s reading strange words
In an creepy language.

Mommy says
It’s Latin.

A man with a weird horn
Is squeezing a big bag
He’s playing music.

Mommy says
It’s Amazing Grace.

Everybody is
Crying
Hugging
Holding hands
Leaning on each other.

Other Mommies
Are whispering.

They are saying
You
Drank yourself death.

Other Daddies
Are talking.

They are saying
You were
A drunk.

Why Daddy?
Please help me Daddy
I love you Daddy!

Ring. Ring. Ring.
“Hello
Alcoholics Anonymous.
May I help you?”

“May name is Jason.
I’m an alcoholic.”

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