At times I become equally entranced. That night, lost within, entangled with Baryo as he faded behind a wafting curtain of incense, he traveled while chanting incantations into the deepest trance I'd witnessed. A shaman, Baryo communicates with the spirit that is believed to reside in Mount Bromo, a most mystical, beautifully spiritual volcano in all of Indonesia. Took some time for me to return, never moving the camera, so pulled from his murmur and sway. Upon his return into this world, Baryo asked whether I was alright. In kind reply, telling him I was, we touched hands, thanking each other through smiling eyes of silence.
Dear Friends, in three short weeks I will be in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 2-6, teaching a social media storytelling workshop, all connected to the ubiquitous power of creating and publishing stories with a smartphone. Do visit the link in my bio for details and to register. Or feel free to direct message me, @johnstanmeyer, or the organizer of this beautiful event, @ali_shirjian, curator of the Gazaar Art gallery. Look forward to working with many of you soon... All my best, John
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