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!