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Completed an enviromental portrait assignment for The NEW YORK TIMES about artist Sara Genn in Cresent Beach, South Surrey, BC, Canada.



NEW YORK TIMES Travel

Posted by Robert Leon on: 20 August 2017

Wrapped-up a travel photography assignment for The NEW YORK TIMES Travel about Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. See the online version here https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/07/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-vancouver-british-columbia-canada.html 

Travel photography for The NEW YORK TIMES story about Vancouver, British Columbia Canada




Posted by Robert Leon on: 18 August 2017

The Children of the Remote Villages in the Thar Desert photo-documentary is in "Feature Shoot" http://www.featureshoot.com/2016/12/children-remote-villages-thar-desert/

Documentary pictures of The Children of the Remote Villages in the Thar Desert in Feature Shoot
Chitter Bhopa, a Bhopa-bhopi singer-priest, holding baby.
Pushkar Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

The Children of the Remote Villages in the Thar Desert
December 12, 2016 by Ellyn Kail

Chitter Bhopa holds his granddaughter at their camp in the Thar Desert during the Pushkar Fair. The Bhopa priest-singer communities are traditional story-tellers of the Pabuji Ki Phad in Rajasthan, India. The Pabuji Ki Phad epic is about the life of a 14th century hero called Pabuji and his adventures, traditionally told by the Bhopas in front of a Phad, a 30 foot-long painted tapestry with painted or sewn miniature scenes. Members of the Bhopa musical communities function as wandering minstrels, traveling from village to village carrying on the Pabuji Ki Phad tradition. © Robert Leon

"It's too hot in the desert to rush around, so everyone moves slowly," Vancouver photographer Robert Leon says of life in the Nimb Ki Dhani Village in Rajasthan, India, "It's not laziness, there's just no hurry."

The photographer made his way to the villages and towns of the Thar Desert, traversing some 90 miles between Jaipur and Khuri. Throughout the journey, he stopped to visit and enjoy a cup of chai tea with a Sadhu at the Pushkar Fair, watched the camels as their outlines blurred beneath the dizzying sun, and saw women carry loads of water across vast distances from the well back to their homes.

Some of his most vivid memories from the Thar Desert are those involving the children. The landscape can be rough and unforgiving, especially in the villages where there's no electricity or running water. The kids have responsibilities in caring for their homes and families; they fetch water and grind grain for food. The heat is harsh, and it dictates the rhythms of daily life.

Despite the difficulty of the region, Leon says, the children of the Thar Desert seemed to have full, happy lives. "At first glance the Thar Desert living conditions look very challenging," he writes, "yet looking deeper, I see these children are very adept and comfortable in this environment. And within themselves."

The children were approachable and open to being photographed. The semi-nomadic community fostered a deeply rooted set of values, and the children forged strong bonds and spent their free time playing with the animals in their charge. The remoteness of the villages offered a rare degree of safety and independence, and the photographer was moved to find few mobile phones and distractions.

Leon asked a local school teacher about crime, and he was told there wasn't any. "He said there's no crime because it's a very small village where everyone is like family," the photographer reports.

In Pushkar, the Sadhu he met at one point thrust his arms up into the air, laughing. He told the photographer he was sending his joy into the universe in hopes that it might return and shower down upon the people of the earth. Setting foot in the villages, perhaps Leon felt at least some of that joy reflected back at him."




Documentary travel pictures of Kerala India

Travel photography of Kerala India showing people, culture, places and festivals (there are aproximately 10,000 festivals celebrated in the state of Kerala) of Kerala, India.

See more travel photographs of Kerala India in the Gallery section here http://www.robertleon.com/gallery/photographs-22.htm

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Documentary travel images of Kerala India are now in the Gallery section here http://www.robertleon.com/gallery/photographs-22.htm

 

 


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Portraits for Sony Pictures Imageworks of thier animated animators and Senior Vice President.

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New images in Science to Sage magazine for "Elements of Nature and Consciousness" feature story

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Documentary photograph in Rajasthan India of a Rajasthani boy running across textiles is chosen as a Finalist in THE OPEN 2012 World Open of Photography competition in Open Category.


http://www.theworldopen.com/portfolio/robert-leon/10203


 Documentary photograph of Rajasthani Boy Running in Rajasthan India is a finalist in OPEN 2012 competition

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Picture of Suleymaniye Camii Mosque(Suleiman The Magnificent mosque) on the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey for “Strolling Through Istanbul” book cover.

Book cover Strolling Through Istanbul published by Tauris Parke Paperbacks of Suleymaniye Camii or Suleiman the Magnificent mosque)on the Golden Horn, Istanbul, Turkey

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I'm happy to tell you about a about a feature story I worked on with Karen Elkins at Science to Sage Magazine who did a beautiful layout. The feature story is titled "Dance of the Masculine and Feminine Divine" in Science To Sage Magazine's Venus Rising (International Issue). You can see the story in PDF here or the full magazine online here. In the full issue my photography/story is from pages 46 to 63.

There's also a Science To Sage Magazine's Venus Awakening (Vancouver Issue) with a different cover. You can see that here.

I hope you get a change to see it and read the stories in the Science To Sage Magazine, there are many amazing people that contributed in the Science To Sage such as Miceal Ledwith, Adam DreamHealer, Rose Marcus, Richard Merrick, Dr. Alexina Mehta, Jill Purce, Joyce Hawkes, Karen Elkins, Robin Clark, Walter Russell, Matthew Fox and Theda Phoenix.

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Two of my images are nominated in Portrait category and People category for the 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards.

Two photographs nominated in Professional Portraits and Professional People categories for the 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Two photographs nominated in Professional Portraits and Professional People categories for the 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

You can see the photographs on the Annual Black and White Spider Awards website here

About the Annual Black and White Spider Awards:
"The Awards represents the industry's biggest names and tastemakers from around the globe, who were excited to see the year's new work and who would make the shortlist. After reviewing the entries over an eight week voting schedule the Jury made their final nominations and honored 190 title awards in 27 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

The 6th Annual PhotoShow was watched by over 40,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the winners. This is the biggest audience to date for the Spider Awards and its participating photographers.
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I'm a guest travel editor in Dolce Vita Magazine with a travel story (text and photography) of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

You can read the article here (PDF) or on Dolce Vita Magazine website here

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Photography for the Sacred Fire Foundation's Ancient Wisdom Rising gathering in Port Townsend, Washington, USA



Cover image and profile/portfolio in Asian Photography magazine (Mumbai, India).

Excerpt: ..."Pro-Profile: Robert Leon - The Colour of Magic: Documentary photography for Robert Leon is about being a mirror to things happening to the people and the Earth. He tells us about his role as an adventure and documentary-travel photographer."...

Read more here (PDF)

Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine

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Urbanity Magazine (USA) profiles my photography. Pages/images coming soon...



Website and travel photography profiled in June 2011 Shutterbug magazine.

Excerpt from Shutterbug by Joe Farace:
"Robert Leon's compelling travel photography is showcased in a site that gathers his images into 21 galleries along with two slide shows that highlight his commercial and photojournalistic imagery. There is so much in the galleries to choose from that I'll start with the first gallery and then hit the last. His Cuba gallery includes images of a place where Leon, as a Canadian, has easy access, but it takes more than just access to be able to create photographs that tell such powerful stories. Not content with such images of power and beauty, Leon provides detailed - the best I've seen - caption information.

Leon's image "Old Cuban woman with Statue of Santa Barbara" may contain echoes of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's mother but here it's visualized in a uniquely contemporary Third World setting. In the last gallery, North American Legends, Leon takes us into Edward Curtis territory with stunning monochrome images, such as "Mohawk Elder Mike Phillips or Kanentakeron, Kahnawake," that offer a quiet, yet intense look at native peoples in traditional dress. Some, such as "Mohawk man, Albert Stalk, flying like an eagle," transcend everything you've ever seen depicting Native Americans. As a wonderful contrast to his warm, sensitive images of the people of Cuba, Leon shows a proud, oft-beautiful photograph that blends mythology with modern-day imagery (don't miss "Mohawk girl in cornfield holding sun"). And this is just two galleries - there are 19 more! Leon is an amazingly talented travel photographer who has pushed the genre from "pretty pictures" and beyond photojournalism to create images of unexpected beauty and power. Don't miss a single photograph."

See Shutterbug magazine here http://www.shutterbug.com/



Celebration Of Culture
See PDF of Complexd Magazine here

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New photographs from the Amalfi Coast, Italy



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Complexd Magazine (UK) profile travel photography

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Read more about my photography work in F8 Magazine's January 2011 issue by downloading the interview in PDF format here

You can also see F8 Magazine here

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Panorama of "Italian Couple Kissing" wins a Silver Award in the Canon Creative Asia Awards


Couple Kissing, Italy



Epson International Pano Awards

Posted by Robert Leon on: 23 September 2010
Winner of three Bronze Awards in the Epson International Pano Awards photography competition dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.



Advertising photography shoot for Grey Advertising (Vancouver) for Translink campaign

Advertising location photography shoot for Grey Advertising (Vancouver) for Translink campaign

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Car expedition in the Yukon and BC Canada for MERCEDES Magazine editorial and MERCEDES Canada (DDB Toronto) advertising campaign.

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Puglia Italy photographs

Posted by Robert Leon on: 15 August 2009
New photographs from Puglia in Southern Italy

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Photograph "Greek Woman Laughing" Winner First Place Honorable Mention in Portrait category at 3rd Annual Photography Masters Cup.

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Updated images of the Riviera Di Levante along the Italian Riviera of the Liguria region in Italy including images of Portofino, Cinqueterre or Cinque Terre, Camogli, Santa Margherita, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Portovenere a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Participated in ART FOR AIDS ORPHANS to raise money for the Nelson Mandelas Children's Fund (Canada) Goelama Project, benefiting children orphaned or affected by HIV and AIDS.

Website: http://www.artforaidsorphans.com/event/2008.html



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Istanbul Turkey

Posted by Robert Leon on: 28 June 2008
New images of Istanbul Turkey

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Profiled in The Desert Leaf magazine

Posted by Robert Leon on: 28 June 2008
Profiled photographer in The Desert Leaf magazine, Tucson, Arizona, USA



Resort architectural photography for The Delta Sun Peaks Resort, Sun Peaks, BC Canada
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Yoga photography project in progress

Posted by Robert Leon on: 12 April 2008
Yoga photography series in progress


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Architectural photography and hotel/resort/lifestyle photography for the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

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Cover for LONELY PLANET Greek Islands Travel Guide (5th Ed.)

LONELY PLANET Greek Islands Travel Guide (5th Ed.). Clothes drying in the Aegean Sea breeze with Orthodox Greek Church and Cross, Imerovigli Village, Santorini Island, Greece
Imerovigli Village, Santorini Island, Greece.

See more photographs of Santorini Island Greece here...



Commercial assignment for The Four Seasons Resort Whistler.

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Photography assignment in Israel for NUVO Magazine

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Israel assignment photographs for NUVO Magazine are online here.

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Fodor's Guatemala Guidebook Cover image of Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

Fodor's Guatemala Guidebook cover



Whislter BC Canada assigment for American Express Departures/Centurion Magazine
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Photography assignment for travel feature of Vancouver Island BC Canada for Travel and Living Magazine (Australia)



Documentray pictures of Rajasthan, India

Posted by Robert Leon on: 12 February 2007
Travel photography and documentary photojournalism pictures of Rajasthan, India
Sadhu in temple at Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan, India
Sadhu in temple at Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan, India.
See pictures of Rajasthan India here



Pictures of Val D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Posted by Robert Leon on: 15 October 2006
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New travel and panoramic images from Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany Italy, are coming online soon.


Val d'Orcia is located in the Province of Siena's agricultural area developed by the Renaissance period management systems which were inspirational to the Renaissance's Siennese School painters.



Cover of Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia Canada guidebook

Fodor's Vancouver and British Columbia Canada guidebook cover
Totem detail, Victoria, BC, Canada



Profiled travel photographer in Digital Photographer Magazine UK



Lonely Planet Cuba cover photograph

Posted by Robert Leon on: 16 May 2000
Photograph of a Cuban boy playing saxophone on the cover for Lonely Planet Cuba guidebook

Lonely Planet Cuba cover image

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