Adventures to offbeat and exotic locations are my passion. Mysterious Madagascar offers such an opportunity. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Due to it’s extreme isolation, Madagascar remains one of the most diverse spots on the planet. Over 80% of it’s flora and fauna are found nowhere else in the world.

Madagascar has a surprisingly Asian look and feel to it. This can be attributed to its split from the Indian subcontinent. First inhabiters of the island came by canoe from Borneo. Over 700 years later were joined by Bantu people from east Africa. The architecture, food, and faces of the Malagasy people to this day still reflect those influences. 

What surprised me most were the contrasts that were evident daily. You can travel a short distance from the ocean and be in the middle of the rainforest and then like a stark line you cross into the dry spiny forest. I have created this series to share this  with the viewer some of these contrasts: the lushness of the rainforest thick with unique wildlife indig to rice fields in the middle of the capital city, to the skulls of Zebu cattle offered in sacrifice for a people still holding on to bits of their ancient traditional beliefs.


Laura Wolfe

Alan Strassman

Christy Stadelmaier

Ellen Toby Slotnick

Dianne Schaefer

Alice Shafer

Andrea Rosenthal

Linda Rogers

Richard Perry

Jane Paradise

Trelawney Goodell

Anne Diamond McNevin

Diane Davies

Nan Collins

Bob Avakian


Karen Davis

Course Assistant

Meg Birnbaum



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