I was born in Wellington hospital in New Zealand at 3 o'clock in the morning on December 1. My mother is no longer alive and in losing her it feels like I lost my connection to the source of life. But as this photo shows, I am standing on the land. I am by the sea, which is where life emerged from many millions of years ago. Mother Earth is our mother.
Who is the mother of our planet? A million suns are ablaze with light, and the sea of blue is spread in the sky, says Kabir. We stand and look to the stars, our world turning, their ancient light reaching into our depths.
Rains pour down without water, and the rivers are streams of light, Kabir adds. In the very depths of our consciousness, we find the source of life. We open our eyes, and we see it everywhere.
Damon loves photography, peacebuilding, and writing free software. He is doing a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota.
He plans to research how Tajiks perceive time when they reflect on the
1992-97 Tajik civil war, including how they appropriate Islam to help shape their sense of time. He has an MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He is the developer of Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux.
He has lived and worked in South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East,
and the U.S. He is from Aotearoa New Zealand. He has worked primarily
with non-government organizations.
The biggest inspiration in his life is Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
(1890-1988). Khan was a nonviolent soldier who fought for freedom and
justice for more than 70 years. Incredibly, Khan raised a large
nonviolent Muslim army to fight British colonial rule from the midst of a
proud and largely tribal people, the Pukhtuns. Damon is inspired by
Khan's selfless service, dedication to truth, and his passionate peace
In addition to Google+, Damon's photographs are found on PBase and Flickr.