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Shout out to Tamara Laporte: Photographer, Illustrator and Musician

I'd like to acknowledge the photography, art and music of young Tamara Laporte, who represents here on LJ as willowing and whose home page and portfolio is here. From what little I've come to learn of her through LJ, she's a deeply spiritual person, an old soul, and an all-around hottie. The following few links are specific pieces of hers I'd like to draw attention to.

First Impressions -- Columbo
A journalistic series of vivid and expressive photos depicting life in Columbo, Sri Lanka. Many of these images remind me of my own minor travels in India, which were far too long ago now and remind me that I should go back again sometime soon. Some of my favourite shots from this roll include this one, this one, this one and this one.

September 2005 (Photography)
Her birds in the sky shots, along with her macro nature imagery and her inventive, vibrant, and colourful mandalas are all worth seeing here.

Various of Tamara's paintings and illustrations here are worth looking at and enjoying, particularly her more recent pieces and some abstractions like this, this, and this. Her colours can be oddly bright and dark at the same time.

The girl also sings... My favourite tracks on this page include her rendition of Joni Mitchell's haunting The Fiddle And The Drum, along with a touching rendition of The Beatles' Across The Universe, made all the more ethereal by the vibraphone-like accompaniment. Great sound production quality on these recordings, too. Her take on Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is also quite good and worth a listen.

My thanks to Tamara for the heads-up on her music -- I found the rest of her stuff through my own digging. :)

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willowing July 4th, 2006

Well wow. I'm a bit gobsmacked and silenced by this Dustin!

Thank you so much for this acknowledgment, I appreciate it so much.

*walks away with a glowy smile*


willowing July 4th, 2006
also; thank you for being specific in pointing out what in particular you liked, it's very useful to find out!

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