Slow Journeys with My Camera:
Travel Photography with People of India & Tibet
Available on Amazon
From a chance encounter with an oracle to daily life in an ashram and a rural Tibetan home, Slow Journeys with My Camera is a light-hearted collection of travel stories about unexpected friendships and photo opportunities that emerge from a series of connections with people on the road.
Very refreshing view
by American Bhuji
Very refreshing! Unlike the travel writer that is fixated on sharing their “amazing experiences”, April Fonti only reveals herself in these scenes because she has too much integrity to pretend that a mysterious white woman has not just fell upon these far-flung locations. We sense that if she could just become a part of the scenery she would do so – happily snapping her pictures from those quiet spots. Instead she let’s herself be taken into these worlds at the pace of each of her hosts, honoring them so well that, at times, she sets aside the photographic mission and puts the camera down, letting the scenes tell their own story.
Where she is trapped in her own Western perspective she is honest, goes lightly, and does not apologize. There is danger but little heroics when she is off-off-off-grid, writing simply and practically, as if she were a strong swimmer in tricky currents. Her subtlety allows for her own amazement and growth to flicker compellingly in the shadows behind these rich portraits. We end up wanting to know more about her. What we do know, is that she is a strong swimmer.
I bought a headscarf to cover my short and spiky hair… and so begins the story of a young woman arriving in Peshawar, a volatile city on the border of Afghanistan.
It is 1998, little is known about this part of the world and she is a just backpacker who has wandered off the beaten track. Within days she will meet Shaheen, a charismatic Iranian man who will introduce her to a world of Muslim refugees, feminists, activists and women living in the most severe seclusion.
‘Travels in a Veil’ tells the brutal story of one woman exploring a new vision of Islam through the stories of nine extraordinarily diverse women.