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Greg Hale is a photographer who lives in New York City. Meditations on Tibet is a collection of images of portraits, landscapes, temple interiors and sacred architecture that Mr. Hale shot during a five week journey through Tibet in 2004. Over the course of the trip, he spent time in the cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse, visiting a number of sacred sites including Samye, Tashilhungpo and Pachu monasteries and the Kumbum Stupa. He then traveled overland to camp on the outskirts of the remote village of Karta on the edge of the Himalayas, and finally took a long trek into the Himalayas to Petang Ringma, the lesser utilized of Tibet’s two base camps for climbing Mt. Everest. Mr. Hale has partnered with the Tibetan Aid Project as a sponsor of several exhibitions. In so doing, the artist hopes to convey the beauty of the Tibetan landscape, the devotion of the Tibetan people, and the timelessness of Tibet’s temple interiors and sacred architecture, while at the same time raising awareness of the Tibetan Aid Project’s mission to preserve the Tibetan culture.
Mr. Hale has been taking pictures for over 30 years, but started studying photography more intensively in 2003, taking many courses at the International Center for Photography in New York. He has also studied portraiture with Frank Stewart, the senior photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Hale continues to shoot most of his work on film, using Contax 6x4.5 medium format and Leica 35mm cameras. He shoots primarily in black & white. He has recently begun scanning his negatives into digital files, and printing digitally with Adobe Photoshop, as he can achieve more precise results from this process than with conventional silver gelatin printing. The images in this exhibition were all shot with the Contax medium format camera, scanned, and printed digitally by the artist. Mr. Hale’s other projects include portraits, landscapes and temples from Laos and Bhutan; landscapes from Yellowstone and Grand Teton; abstracts and landscapes from the slot canyons of the desert southwest; and New York City street portraits, focusing on artists and musicians.
When he is not taking pictures, Mr. Hale is an environmental advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he specializes in energy efficiency finance for the built environment.