By Amber Kidner
In this regular column, our correspondent Amber Kidner and her camera explore India, one small story at a time.
Just before Christmas I had an opportunity to visit a small school in Delhi. The school that my children attend had begun to work with this school in various ways. My assignment was to photograph the children both at work and at play, as they inhabited their educational space on that particular morning.
As a photographer, I was apprehensive. I had been told that the classrooms were small and not very bright. I knew that I would have to increase my ISO and balance my other two key settings (aperture and shutter speed), doing so fairly quickly and in a setting that was new to me.
But as the morning got underway my apprehension shifted to delight. The children’s eyes were everywhere beckoning me to turn my gaze and camera on them. I loved how the students held hands and jostled one another with determination, a certain measure of gentleness, and surprising bodily awareness. As if to say to one another, “I know you’re here too.” And as if to say to me, “I am singular. See me!”
I walked away from that morning in love. I loved the way many of the children wanted to be seen. I loved the few who were reluctant and held back. I loved how the Delhi winter sun was inviting and not punishing so that when it was recess time the students could run around outside. And I loved how in that gentle sun they kept organizing themselves in groups for me to take one more photo of them.
Amber Kidner has always loved good books, people’s stories, and art. Her loves have taken her into a variety of artistic endeavors including photography, family therapy, and cultural research. Currently, she is studying Hindi and exploring ways to bring her passions to New Delhi in a way that is mutually satisfying and transformative. Follow her adventures on amberkidner.com.
BY SCOTT J. WILL
Pull up a chair and lean in as new Culture Keeper contributor Scott Will introduces us to family members you’ll wish you could know too.
I knew it would be hard. I had started preparing my heart and mind nearly one year before the day arrived. And when it did arrive, I knew it was time, and felt great peace with my decision, but I also longed for those last few moments to linger on and on. I stepped up to the six-passenger plane, like numerous times before when I had left for short stretches, but this time I felt the weight of the finality of it all.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KAMI L. RICE
In this series, we offer you a little window onto life in one corner of the world or another. Enjoy peaking through the curtains with us!
Story and Photos by Roshanda Cummings. Rather, it’s a city stretching forward, according to Culture Keeper contributor Roshanda Cummings.
Close your web browsers and your guidebooks. Erase your search history. Forget everything you’ve heard about Cuba and what you assume has happened to it as relations have begun to warm between America and this neighboring island nation.
STORY BY JONATHAN GRANT
PHOTOS BY MAE STIER
For the past few months, Culture Keeper's founder and creative director has been full of so much enthusiasm about all the good things that are happening in his hometown. We decided it was time for him to spread that love beyond Facebook. So here in a special two-part article are some of the vibrant things happening in an Indiana town that doesn't make the headlines all too often. Check out some of his town's best-of suggestions.
STORY BY JONATHAN GRANT
PHOTOS BY MAE STIER
For the past few months, Culture Keeper's founder and creative director has been full of so much enthusiasm about all the good things that are happening in his hometown. We decided it was time for him to spread that love beyond Facebook. So here in a special two-part article are some of the vibrant things happening in an Indiana town that doesn't make the headlines all too often. Culture Keeper readers, read on and then think of letting us know what's great about your hometown!
PHOTOS AND TEXT BY AMBER KIDNER
BY JONATHON GEELS
Design processes, especially in the built environment, tend to progress on very similar trajectories: a client with an idea engages a designer to turn that abstract idea into a concrete product (sometimes literally concrete). Many problems with this approach come to mind, but the one I would like to focus on is the notion of genius and where good ideas come from.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE
A real life scene has been turned miniature through the magic of photography. This miniaturized scene inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. We invite you to explore the world with us, letting your imagination play along as you do. The world can always use more play.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY CATHERINE RICOUL
ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY KAMI L. RICE
In this new series, we’re offering you a little window onto life in one corner of the world or another. Enjoy peaking through the curtains with us!
PHOTOS AND TEXT BY LAURA ROCKETT
When a wedding photographer becomes an elopement photographer, blending in becomes impossible. Read how Laura Rockett took on the role of chronicler and tour guide for one couple’s big day in New Orleans and peak inside their luscious wedding album.