A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

"Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."

John Kerestes


Monday, January 16, 2017


This was our second trip to India, but this one left us with a much more positive impression. We went with Jim Cline Photo Tours led by Karl Grobl, who was probably the best guide we've ever had. The trip was tailored for photographers, so for instance to get this photo of a camel walking across the dune at sunset we paid him to walk back and forth about two dozen times to get just the right angle on the light. I do think it is a stunning effect.
We had Patrick Firouzian a professional videographer with us who was there to promote the Jim Cline Photo Tours. Here is a video he took of all of us taking the camel photo (that's Judy doing the Egyptian routine). I'm in the yellow ball cap (which I'll never wear again!): 

Here is one more clip from Patrick when we went to an opium ceremony in a remote village:

Patrick used a drone for parts of the trip, so his clips are particularly worth watching!

I have also posted a video slide show which I titled "The Faces of India". The people were very gracious and patient with all our picture taking.

Faces of India from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.

The trip was focused around attending the 300 year old Pushkar Camel Market with 10,000 camels. We would get up at dawn to catch the earl morning light with the camel traders, and wear ear plugs when we went to bed in our tents because the party went on until the early hours of the morning.

Pushkar Camel Market from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.