Just a few Days ago, Photographer Rahmeek Rasul came and got me from my Studio and took me to ‘Habesha’ a gathering of Natural folks selling shea butter and giving healthy fook cooking demonstrations. I grabbed my camera with its fixed 50mm 1.8 lens and was glad I did when I got there.
Rahmeek Rasul was in his element. He’s traveled the world from the U.S to Turkey to Ethiopia capturing people and places in their daily lives as if he were a part of it himself. He manages to capture great photos of people without interupting and without intruding–some thing I could learn alot from! He’s not exactly fly on the wall, he’s out there buzzing around, crouching, lying on the floor and getting the good shots. You can see his work here at: http://www.rahmeekrasul.com/
There was also in attendance, I believe the man who put the event together, talking about agriculture. he took us on a tour of a big garden and explained a bit about how and why certain plants were planted. one of the things that stood out in my mind was when someone asked how he controlled the insects. We knew it wouldn’t be pesticide because these were Natural folks. they are concerned with the land and the earth, they strive to live in harmony with the land. Mass murder of insects because they were an inconvinience was just out of character. His answer was a wonderful one:
“we’ve just got to plant enough for all of us,” he said. There were many nods of aggreement. there was a word I forget for a technique in which plants that the insects like are planted. sort of catering to the needs of the insects so they would leave the plants the Humans coveted alone. Take note folks. This is how we act when we have a connection to the Earth we live on.
Mama Mariposa was so beautiful! I got lost in her face while talking to her! Mariposa, she informed me, is butterfly in spanish.
as I am not a writer by trade, I just copied and pasted her facebook page info tab, but please read on–she does some important work for the community.
“Mariposa” is the spanish word for “butterfly”. Mama Mariposa is available for the creative edutainment of children of all ages.
Mama uses music/instruments, color, manipulatives, texture, BOOKS, puzzles, games etc to stimulate the minds/spirits/images in a culturally relevant format.
Mama Mariposa recognizes how important it is for our children to see themselves in the books they read, games they play, and anything they come in contact with. Our youth deserve to learn about their history, along with the many various, rich cultures around the world! Mama Mariposa understands that we all learn in different ways and that all of these learning styles should be nurtured!
Mama does Festivals, birthday parties, private+ cultural events galore! Mama also teaches crochet classes to small groups or one on one.
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