Best Photos of 2009

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Photographer Jim Goldstein welcomed 2010 with a release of his list of the”Best of 2009 Photos” that his readers submitted to his blog, JMG-Galleries.com. Thank you, Jim, for including my Best Photos From 2009 on the list.

There are some wonderful photographs and photographers on this list. Enjoy!

Best Photos of 2009

  1. Best Photos of 2009 – Jim M. Goldstein | JMG-Galleries
  2. Best of 2009 Photo Set – Heikki Salmi
  3. Top 10 2009 – Chris Moore | Exploring Light Photography
  4. Best of 2009 – Wat Chedi Luang | FocusPocus
  5. Best of 2009 – Dave Wilson | News and Views
  6. Five For Friday – Favorites of 2009 Craig Ferguson Images | Cultural Photography
  7. Best Photos of 2009 – David Cleland | Flixelpix
  8. Best Photos 2009 – Chuq Von Rospach | chuqui 3.0
  9. 2009 Favorites – G Dan Mitchell | G Dan Mitchell Photography
  10. Best of 2009 – Roberta Murray | Uncommon Depth
  11. My Year in PicturesJon McCormack Photography
  12. Top 10 Photos of 2009 – Steven Bourelle | SierraVisions
  13. 2009: Year in Review – Stephen Zacharias
  14. 2009 – A Photographic Year in Review – David Taylor | Sixtyone North
  15. Best Photos of 2009Tony Rath Photography
  16. Top 10 of 2009Steve Cole Photography Blog
  17. my top ten shots of 2009Tom Varden
  18. Best of 2009 – Mario Batalla
  19. My Top 10 Photos from 2009Justin Korn [dot] com
  20. Best of 2009 – Inge Fernau | Magical Glow Photography
  21. My Favorite Photos From 2009 – Brian Auer | Epic Edits
  22. Best Photos From 2009Janis Janums Photography
  23. Best of 2009 – Tim Parkin | Still Developing
  24. 2009 Retrospective – Jan Klier | AllKlier Photography
  25. Best of 2009 – Jenni Brehm | Changing Perspectives
  26. 2009 in Pictures – Hitesh Sawlani | A Visual Treat
  27. Year 2009 in pictures – Minna Kinnunen | The Quiet Picture
  28. 2009 in front of my LensMarcin Retecki Photography
  29. Best of 2009 – Peter Carr | Vanilla Days
  30. Best of 2009 – Dave Reichert
  31. My top favourites from 2009 – Ricky Law
  32. Best of 2009 – Joshua Beckman |PhotoVandal
  33. 2009 Top Ten – Jessica Sweeney | Quotidian Photography
  34. My favourite shots in 2009 – Catalin Marin | Momentary Awe
  35. Best Photos of 2009 – Suzy Walker | Reef Beasties
  36. My Best of 2009! – Michelle Johnson | My Two Seasons
  37. The Best of 2009Photographic Phantasy: Photography by Samantha Genier
  38. Best of Photos Part I-IV Chuck Goolsbee
  39. Statue of Liberty 2009 – Scott Dunn
  40. My Favorite Photos of 2009 – Ed Rosack | Central Florida Photo Ops
  41. Best Photos from 2009Jim Wheeler
  42. Year in Review 2009 – Laurie Ballesteros | Photine
  43. Favorites of the Year – Ken Trout | Lunch is Optional
  44. Year 2009 in Korwel photography – Iza Korwel | Korwel Photography
  45. Best of 2009Uschi Gerschner Photography
  46. Top Five Images from 2009 and Keeping It NewMike Cavaroc
  47. Wrapping up 2009Ivan Makarov Photography
  48. Favourite Nine from 2009 – Todd Metcalfe | Daily Grind Photography
  49. Favorite Images of 2009! – Allison Pluda | Seneca Creek Photography
  50. Best photos of 2009: Non Portrait Pictures – Julie Provost | Julie Loves Photography
  51. 2009 in 12 beelden – Jeroen Mentens | FaunaFlora.org
  52. Reflections on images of 2009 – Mark Graf | Graf Nature & Wildlife Photography
  53. An End of Year Retrospective for 2009 – Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston | Journey of Light Photography
  54. Top Ten Photos Of 2009 – Jed Link | Mr. & Mrs. Link
  55. YEAR IN REVIEW – TOP 5′S OF 2009 – Matt Graham
  56. Ten Best for 2009 – Dan Baumbach
  57. Top 10 Photographs For 2009 Seung Kye Lee – fine art landscape photography
  58. My 10 Favorite photos of 2009 – Alex Budak | Unpopped Collar
  59. Best Photos of 2009Dave Hammaker Photography
  60. My Best Photos of 2009 – D. Travis North | Shutter Photo
  61. Favourite Pictures of 2009 – Janne Moren | Janne in Osaka
  62. My Best Photos of 2009 – Michael Spivak | Developing The Fixer
  63. 2009 Favourite – Marc Hodges | sevennine
  64. NZ Opera: Macbeth behind the scenesAlexia Sinclair
  65. The Best of ‘09 – Porter Watkins
  66. Respect Paul (Slimeface) Tarin
  67. Best Images for 2009 – Giovanni Russello | GRGalleries
  68. Happy 2010 / Best of 2009William Neill Photography
  69. Top 10 Photos of 2009Digital Kloc Photography
  70. Best Photos of 2009Dave Schumaker
  71. Best of 2009 – G. Kaltenbrun | gZphotoGraphs
  72. Favourite landscape photographs from 2009 – Jonathan Martin-DeMoor | Silvicola borealis Images
  73. Top 5 of 2009 – Jim Maher | Jim Maher Photoworks
  74. Favourites 2009Chris Gin
  75. Best Photographs of 2009: Globetrotting – Justin Shifrin | J. Stuart Studios
  76. Best 10 of 2009 – Duffy Knox | The View Through My Glass
  77. Best of 2009 – Rian Castillo | Digitized Chaos
  78. Best of 2009Rick Goldwasser
  79. Best of 2009 – Jeremy Brooks
  80. My best from 2009Massimo Belloni
  81. Favorites of 2009Pat Ulrich Photography
  82. Best Photos of 2009 – Nick Fuller | JadeGreenImage
  83. Best of 2009 – Stig Nygaard | Rockland
  84. My Fave 5 from 2009 – Greg Russell Russell
  85. Best Images of 2009Peter Cox Photography
  86. My Favourite Photos of 2009 – Daniel Loshak
  87. Favorite photo – Lacey Smith | Lace’s Photography
  88. 2009 Year in Pictures – Lane Hartwell | The Post and Review
  89. Ten More from 2009 – Ann Torrence
  90. Best of 2009Ken Snyder
  91. Best of 2009 – Simon Ponder | Simon Says
  92. TOP Photos of 2009 – Gary Crabbe | Enlightened Images
  93. 2009 Top 10 – Steven Scherbinski | Randomness
  94. Looking back, looking forward – Kevin Ebi | Living Wilderness Nature Photography
  95. Best of 2009 – Todd Heckert | Great Lakes Exposure
  96. MY BEST PHOTOS of 2009Sean Willis Photography
  97. Best Photos of 2009 – Andre Maltais | Maltphoto
  98. Top 9 of 2009! – Jenna Stirling
  99. 2009 in review, the photo versionSam Bloomberg-Rissman Photography
  100. Favorite Photos from 2009 – Ron Niebrugge | Niebrugge Images
  101. Niner for Zero Niner before Zero Niner of Zero Ten Jay Goodrich Photography
  102. Best of 2009 – Prajit Ravindran
  103. Photos of 2009 + Flickr Set– Carl Donohue | Skolai Images
  104. Top 12, 2009 – John Fujimagari
  105. Top 10 Photos of 2009 – Mike Criss
  106. 2009 IN REVIEW – Kriz Cpec | kRiZ cPEc Photo Blog
  107. My Favorite Photos of 2009 – Greg Lato | latoga photography
  108. Best of 2009 – Andree Oulmann | On Linden Way
  109. 10 Favorite Pictures of 2009 – Chris Williams | Hidden Light Photography
  110. Your Best Photos From 2009 – Gurbir Singh Brar | Fotovala
  111. Landscape Photography My Best of 2009 – Steve Sieren
  112. Best of 2009 – Torsten Curdt
  113. Best of 2009 – Stefan Neuweger | addicted2pixels
  114. Image Picks from 2009Neil Corman Photography
  115. Jahresrückblick (fotografisch) – Steffen Goethling | Lens-Flare.de
  116. Best Photos of 2009 – Mike Reys |pl?dys
  117. My Best Photos from 2009 – Terri Jacobson | Greyhound Gardens
  118. My best photos of 2009 – Bryan Villarin | All Narfed Up
  119. Best of 2009 – Heidi Donat
  120. Best of 2009 – Pedja Pavlicic
  121. Best of 2009 – Matthew Sallee | IAmMatt
  122. Best of 2009 – Go2Grl
  123. 10 Top Photos of 2009Gavriel Jecan Photography
  124. My Top 10 Photos for 2009 – Neil Creek Photography
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A King in Every Saddle

November 28, 2009 2 comments
A King in Every Saddle

A King in Every Saddle

‘That man calls himself a Nihang (or Akali) whose body is unaffected by pain or comfort. He is a man of firm faith, sexual restraint, meditation, penance, charity and a complete warrior. In the presence of worldly authority, he remains full of pride. Where there is the place of battle, having no fear of death, he never steps back. Where the Khalsa Panth encounters its greatest danger, there he puts his body in the forefront. When there is the place of battle, taking hold of the battle standard, he steps forward. With the beating of the war drums, he ever advances, fighting in the vanguard.’

Bravehearts

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

They are free from fear. They are “The Valiant Ones”, Soldiers of God, the Guru’s Knights, also originally known as the Akalis – the Nihangs are the warriors, keepers of the faith…Dressed in dark blue loose apparel, armed, with horses as their constant companions, the Nihangs are enigmatic and mysterious. “They are larger than life and there’s so much that we don’t know of and about them,’’ Gurbir Singh Brar takes you through his photo exhibition titled, The Valiant Ones. It’s a journey into the mesmerizing world of the Nihangs, in pictures, in colour, with feelings. An engineer in the US, Brar has been bitten by the shutter bug for the last 12 years and has been working with seasoned photographers in the US and capturing the lifestyle of traditional societies around the world.

This time, Gurbir has devoted his skills to documenting the colours of his homeland Punjab and is soaking in all the love and attention that his work is getting him. “This was a project that was close to my heart, and I spent eight months with the various Nihang dals, travelling with them and being a part of their life. Initially, it was tough to get through to their leaders and gain their trust, for there were many issues that they did not want to speak about, but finally it all worked out well,’’ Brar has clicked as many as 8,000 pictures and agrees it’s been an enormous challenge, one that’s completely absorbed him. “And they are happy with the results, with their pictures put up at various places.’’ The young photographer did extensive research, reading up and consulting 40-50 books on Nihangs, both old and new and sourcing information to complement the pictures. “I feel photographs are a perfect way to document history, each picture speaks and youngsters can connect better to pictures and the past, than they can do with dull and heavy history lessons. The National Geographic model of telling a story with pictures, rather than text, really works well,’’ Brar says back in the US, photographers use a lot of artificial light and he too has used the technique to improvise. As Nihangs have a set schedule, with travel plans for a year planned in advance, Brar made arrangements to travel with them to various villages and captured their life, various moods, activities and expressions. “What touched me most about them was their hospitality and discipline. Their language is soft and sweet and I am now all set to work on a coffee table book and documentary on the subject,’’ Brar talks about the Sava Lakh Foundation which exhorts the younger generation to live up to the ideals of the Gurus. The effort includes a training programme in martial arts as well.

The pictures and creative briefs with each photograph, get the viewers close to these enigmatic people, be it shots of their unique traditional horsemanship, martial arts, work for the community, their life in the kitchen, their relationship with their horses, the dances, a glimpse of their personal life, camaraderie…it’s a riot of colours and emotions. What’s more, as part of the exhibition, there was breathtaking display of Shastar Vidya and horsemanship by various Nihang Dals.

India Express, September 18th 2009