Mickey Buckwalter
Women of the World, Our Global Sisters

 

Buckwalter's Statement:

I took the photos of these women, my sisters, while traveling in their countries.  I talked with some of them, I used sign language with some, and with others we communicated without using words or our hands.  A "connection" was made with each woman.

I've been traveling to other countries since 1983.  When I came home last year I knew it was the women who had touched me most.  Many of them have very little materially and yet most are filled with a peace and inner joy that radiates from them.  Like many women here in the USA, they work hard so that their children can have a better life.

It's the women who encouraged me when I was unsure and needed support while traveling.  The feeling I got was "we can't travel, we can't do what you're doing because of our culture and circumstances.  Do It For Us Too."

Traveling in Third World countries helps me appreciate what I have and to remember what's truly important in life.  I've walked through many fears and have learned to trust myself and others.  When I follow my heart I am safe and meet the most wonderful people in the world.
 


Myanmar at Prayer

Nepal Living High

I grew up in the conservative Midwest and worked there as a computer systems analyst for many years.  Then I went on a trek with the Sierra Club in Nepal.  That trip changed my life forever.  Within a year I quit my job, sold my house and left for Southeast Asia with a backpack, camera, guidebook and one-way ticket to Nepal.  I have traveled to over 40 different countries.  Much of my traveling was done solo in Third World Countries.  I have also traveled in all 50 states in the US.  These travels have shown me that there are always people willing to help, to reach out in times of need and in friendship even when the only common language is sign language.  Seeing the way people lived and enjoyed life changed my values.  I continue to travel because I have to.  It helps me to remember what's truly important in life.  I also enjoy experiencing other cultures.

Taking photographs has always been a part of my life.  I have won awards in slide clubs that I belonged to.  I also create graphite portraits and have had them accepted into juried art exhibits.

www.bridgingtheculturalgap.com

Photos on exhibit March 2 - 30, 2007 in Blowers Gallery.
Opening reception and talk March 21, 1pm.

Updated 19 February 2007. Comments to the Library Web Team.

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