Photo © Dolores Smart
After touring the Topaki Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, I was waiting for my husband by this fountain. The young girl spotted me taking a photo and joyfully smiled, ran toward me and playfully opened her arms. Her childhood openness and energy clashed dramatically with the closed, veiled burqas worn by the older women.
Dolores Smart UNITED STATES
I've been a photographer for over 30 years, largely self-taught. A photography course when I returned to college after my children had grown, changed the course of my life. I worked as a graphic designer and photographer for a large, non-profit retirement home for over 20 years. I've taught photography to children and older adults and the community at large. Now retired and living in magnificent Santa Fe, New Mexico, I volunteer my time at Camp Corazones, a summer camp for children infected/affected by HIV Aids.
Photography still holds the same enchantment and challenge for me as it did so many years ago. I'm so grateful for discovering this elusive, life-enriching medium -- I will always doggedly strive to be better than my last photograph. That's my blessing and my curse!
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