Writing In The Wa Autonomous Region On The China / Burma Border
Diran formally began oil painting at the age of 13 with an italian master named Carmello Di Simone. He entered the California Institute of Art, the newly formed Walt Disney College on a full scholarship in the school of art for painting and was first in the graduating class of 1972.
My Future Wife Junko At About 8 Years Old
That same year he sailed to japan, spending 16 days at sea, to arrive alone and unemployed – the job he had been promised did not pan out. Instead he took up studying karate to the level of black belt, and continued to paint with oils for two years.
With The Yakuza In Kyoto Japan
He soon grew to realise the obvious connection between minerals and oil paint. Color pigments from cave painting 40,000 years ago, the umbers, the ochres, the reds and oranges, through the crushed lapis lazuli to produce the ultramarine blue of the renaissance up till the present, are all derived from crushed minerals.
Riding A Horse And A Mule At The Grand National Livestock Exposition Age About 12
In 1979, he started travelling to Burma, the source of the finest rubies, sapphires, and jadeite in the world. His first memories and love were for color; and more of a love affair than a job. Just as jewels often are associated with allure and danger, so his travels increasingly took him to more remote areas of Burma, to encounter people that most of the world would never see or know.
Holloween In Costume With Judith Factor Hilton
he decided to record what he had seen in photographs, and in 1997, he published "The Vanishing Tribes Of Burma" in London. It was launched at the United Nations for the International Decade Of The World's Indigenous People. He had photographed over 35 different tribes and had written about them, something no ethnologist had attempted since Sir George Scott 100 years earlier.
Photo From San Francisco Magazine With Junko
Photography is the stolen moment. The lighting and the framing of the subject were simple after years of painting. He’d succeeded in capturing a great cultural legacy after much hardship and adventure, but not his dream – Diran had stopped painting.
Junko and I back stage at the Lyceum Theater in London with Mike Monroe of Hanoi Rocks.
My class mates and I at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Circus with the most famous clown in the world, Emmett Kelly.
With a friend in Japan.
Autographed photo of Bob Hope to my father.
Junko at her Fuki-ya Restaurant with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.