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Take Your Seat​​

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Our original series, captured before switching to the red chair,

takes you on a journey through seven destinations.

See where One People, One Planet, One Life began.

Welcome to Take Your Seat.

American Southwest

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Moro Rock
Starry Night
Double Arch
Racetrack Playa
Palm Springs
Arizona
Sequoia
The Neon Museum
Valley of the Gods
Death Valley
Saguaro
Utah
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'4:15 a.m. We are camped among the giants.

Their branches embrace us.

The atmosphere is welcoming despite our insignificance.

We feel invited as if the trees know we are there to speak for them.'

Thailand

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'The head monk smiles. We smile back, bowing in respect. We leave the Wat in total disbelief.

The warmth of this country envelopes us yet again.

Our Thai journey, the first for Take Your Seat,

taught us that there are no wrong ways; just different paths.

Which path will you take?’

ICELAND

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'Throngs of people do serve one purpose, however.

They remind us that we are still on earth, for Reynishverfi itself is otherworldly. 

Jagged outcroppings of ancient rock rise sharply over the ebony shoreline,

eternal witnesses to the crest and fall of primal waves.'

Cuba

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'I watch as a man flirting with his eighties joins his grown grandchildren in the surf.

His arms defy his age as they rise above his head. Wave after wave rejuvenates him.

Reveling in this moment, he has forgotten old. He gleefully acts his sandal size and not his age. 

 

As I watch, I silently wish him many more waves of happiness...'

Roy Thomson Hall

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'I carefully lift my trumpet and remember a final stage band performance decades earlier.

The valves are stiff. The slides are stuck. Blackened by time and neglect, she is still a sight to behold.

I apply a silver polish to a cloth and to my past.

Each gentle stroke removes a layer of build up that brings me closer

to what might have been.

This is not regret that speaks to me.

It is the voice of renewed possibility that I now listen intently to.

The knowledge that it truly is not too late, makes light work of polishing silver.'

Seoul

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'The only way across the Cheonggyecheon is a set of meandering stones.

I check my fears on the sunny side and gingerly hop from rock to rock to rock.

I make it and get a childhood rush that makes me feel I can conquer anything.

As I revel in my rediscovered courage, three elderly ladies glide across the same

intimidating stones without missing a step or a word of animated conversation.

The ladies prove, just as Seoul has done with its unpredictable northern sibling,

that fear is what you make it.'

United Arab Emirates

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'The mosque inspires awe.

My photographs attempt to do justice to both the scale and artistry of the architecture and grounds

but they cannot begin to capture the aura of something supernatural.

The sun preaches to my camera.

 

I am reminded of my insignificance in the presence of such a benevolent force.

Regardless of which deity you worship, this is a humbling, Godly place.'

Behind the scenes

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