Personal Style – Headgear

Headgear of child in Karen tribe
Headgear of child in Karen tribe

I love different styles of personal adornment. These women of the Karen tribe make fanciful headgear that reminds me of western wedding veils.

Headgear on child in Karen tribal village
Headgear on child in Karen tribal village
Karen child with her play toy
Karen child with her play toy
Karen Longneck - head of village
Karen Longneck – head of village

Maria, weaver

Maria belongs to the Karen tribe originally from Burma but now living in northern Thailand.

I first met Maria in 2012 at her village near Chiang Mia Thailand.

Maria, from the Karen tribe
Maria, 2012, in her village near the Burma border.

She was very shy but showed me how she created beautiful weavings for sale.

In 2013, when we met again, I brought the photo I took and had her pose with it.

Maria at 8
Maria, weaver from the Karen tribe living in Northern Thailand

By the time I returned in 2015, she was quite the salesperson and I bought seven of her beautiful woven scarves.

Maria is 10 in 2015
Maria is 10 in 2015

Getting a Smile

When photographing people, I love the interchange between the subject and the photographer. Most times I need an interpreter to start a conversation. But once the conversation is started, non-verbal cues can build a rapport.

Karen tribal woman, smile
Karen tribal woman

This woman, a member of the Karen tribe, a refugee from Burma, let her hair down. When I complemented her on her beautiful hair, I was rewarded with this beautiful smile.

This is how she looked before we connected on a personal level.

Karen tribal woman, refugee,
Karen tribal woman

Mural Exhibit 2013 – “Out of Order”

Just went to a fabulous art event last night in Santa Rosa held in a 4000 ft warehouse. Such a talented, enthusiastic group of artists. I interview a number of them and will be putting out a video on youtube next weekend on the event. Here is their instagram if you want to learn more about it @outoforderexhibit

Thank you to all the participants for such a wonderful exhibit.

Here is my video of the event “Out of Order”

Cooking: Tom Kha Gai Lesson at Masae Elephant Camp

While in Elephant Camp this month, I had two cooking classes. I decided to video the classes for visual reminders on how to make this delicious soup. My son Mike Campagna and two Münchners, Bridget and Nicolas, were in the class.

Tom Kha Gai Cooking Lesson in Northern Thailand

There was a little confusion in the video on what some of the ingredients were. Chai, our guide, states the brown sauce is soy sauce, but after looking at a number of Tom Kha Gai receipes, I think it might have been fish sauce.

I’ll try making both versions and let you know which one I think was used.

The location of the lesson was right outside our room, with the sound of the rushing river as background music.


  • 3 cups (24 fluid ounces) vegetable stock
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin pieces across the grain
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 fresh red birds-eye chilies (more if you want it spicy)
  • 2-inch piece of fresh galangal, sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 shallot
  • 4-5 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • Juice from 4-5 limes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce  (or perhaps fish sauce?)
  • 2 Tbs chicken bullion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1½ cups  coconut milk

Hoodslam – Performance art/wrestling

Hoodslam July 5, 2013
Hoodslam July 5, 2013

I went to my second Hoodslam on July 5, 2013.  Love this place. I’m working on my second video – lots of slamming in this one! But I was also amazed by the  intermission show – a beautiful performance piece with black light and day glow paint.

I had my normal ring side view but this time I was actually part of the action as the wrestlers were not always contained in the ring. Got some inadvertent kicks to head, camera and stomach, plus covered (including camera) with powered sugar (part of the show). All part of a fabulous experience.

Video Storytelling

I have been consumed with learning video storytelling lately. Some of my recent and on-going projects are:

Artistic Category: Painting With Elephants, Out of Order (a one night show of Graffiti mural artists), Hoodslam (Performance art based on WWE theme) and Photo Forum (a group of 8 photographers founded by an amazing 93 yr old woman). The last two are works in progress and I will update the links as I upload new versions to YouTube. The group will also be shown on Marin TV this fall under and ‘Artists’ umbrella.

What makes an interesting video story? One I am currently trying to get permission to tape is about an 88 year old Chinese woman who was left by her husband right before the Bamboo Curtain went down in China. She had to leave her 3 boys behind and immigrate to the US. The back story of the effects of communism on individual lives is as interesting to me as the story of anger (and hopefully forgiveness) from the children (now adults) left behind and the efforts to get them to the US.