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Papuan Virility

Papuan Virility

Welcome to the land of the Dani. They’re famous for the “koteka” or penis gourd as translated into English. Perhaps this old codger doesn’t need Viagra. His name is Wikika Walela. So how can such an aged, 80-year-old man keep things so excited? Well, it’s a simple matter of physics. Notice the cord tied to […]

Nyepi Monsters

Nyepi Monsters

I tempt explosive energy . . . serpents, devils, evil. Today is the night before Nyepi (“nippy” for the uninitiated) on the exotic isle Bali. At this very moment a godawful torrential downpour has unleashed awesome domination over my Bali Lotus Villa, which lies not far from the otherwise serene village of Ubud. Nyepi has […]

Polka Dot Babe

Polka Dot Babe

Polka Dot Heaven. My makeup artist, Hilde Marie Johansen, drew inspiration in her styling of this image from Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, the queen extraordinaire of polka dot glory. Click on Kusama’s link and be utterly amazed. Prolific doesn’t even come close to describing this 83-year-old woman’s life work. Wikipedia elaborates on the roots of […]

Bejeweled

Bejeweled

Be black. Be jeweled. This is Russian model, Tanya, studded with faux diamonds glued to her skin that perfectly matched her outfit designed by the makeup artist/stylist/fashion designer, Hilde Marie Johansen, who is sitting next to me in the setup shot below. Tanya is tall and my ceiling was low. So she had to sit in […]

Flaming Red

Flaming Red

Lady in Blue A marvelous, dance-filled evening. This is another of my Stroborati BODYART series styled by Hilde Marie Johansen, who applied blue paint to transform our model, Nardia. For the background I used a 2-meter diameter bamboo picnic table umbrella that I bought at Bangkok’s famous weekend Chatuchak Market. I sawed off the stem […]

Don’t Be Blue

Don’t Be Blue

The Launch of Stroborati BODY ART I’m starting a new series of Stroborati body-painted images and will be incorporating some very artistic designs on the models in my upcoming images that will be styled by Hilde Marie Johansen, an extremely talented makeup artist/stylist/fashion designer in Bangkok. Hilde hand crafted this headpiece for model, Mara Bee, […]

More Naga Headhunter Tribal Warriors

More Naga Headhunter Tribal Warriors

In olden days these Naga warriors in the far north-eastern reaches of India collected heads from fallen opponents and they proudly displayed their trophies above the entrance doors of their bamboo huts. I’m extremely grateful I wasn’t part of their collection. I could have asked these guys to smile . . . but that would have […]

Naga Tribal Headhunter Warrior

Naga Tribal Headhunter Warrior

It wasn’t so long ago that tribal warriors in the far north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland practiced head hunting as a favorite pastime. Fortunately for me, this fierce-looking gentleman gave up such macabre endeavors long ago. Below is a fine art version of the same image that I converted to black and white and changed […]

Akha Hill Tribes and Bamboo Love Shacks

Akha Hill Tribes and Bamboo Love Shacks

In northern Laos the Akha hill tribe women dress in faded shades of black cloth. Old coins add glinting highlights to accentuate their faces. These two young women exuded a rather regal presence. Their sublime, innocent eyes captured me. Below is a fine art rendition of the girl on the left. I simplified the conflicting […]

Hill Tribe Sardine Bus

Hill Tribe Sardine Bus

To reach this Akha hill tribe village from my base in the small Laotian town of Luang Nam Tha, I first had to take a 2-hour local minibus equipped with four rows of twelve seats into which were crammed twenty-one people. Luckily there were no chickens or pigs or fresh fish aromas on this trip. Much […]

Akha Days, Akha Nights

Akha Days, Akha Nights

Our trek to the top of the mountain had its rewards. It would be my first night to sleep in an Akha village. As with many hill tribes in Laos, UNICEF had helped these villagers install a water pipe from the nearest small river, which provided my trekking team with what turned out to be […]

Gypsy Eyes

Gypsy Eyes

Webster somewhat diplomatically defines the word “gypsy” as: “A member of a traveling people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and traditionally live by seasonal work, itinerant trade and fortune-telling. Gypsies are now found mostly in Europe, parts of North Africa and North America, but are believed to have originated in the Indian […]

Papua Penis Gourd Paraphernalia

Papua Penis Gourd Paraphernalia

Lets’s set words straight. Webster defines “paraphernalia” as “equipment needed for a particular activity.” Welcome to Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya) which is the eastern-most province of Indonesia located on the same mega island shared with the rival country of Papua New Guinea farther east, a land where many past fierce battles were waged […]

Papua New Guinea War Dance

Papua New Guinea War Dance

These PNG Huli Wigmen were performing a ritual war dance in full regalia deep in the far reaches of the Huli Highlands. They’re called “wigmen” because they don hats woven from human hair that straddle their faces, which are painted in brilliant hues of red and yellow pigment. This image was shot several years ago […]