Artist Statement

I grew up in a family of photographers – both my grandfather and father were award-winning amateur photographers, and my father was well known for his slide travelogues on many parts of the world. I received my first box camera at the age of seven and haven’t stopped taking pictures since. Keeping up with changes in camera technology has been a continuing challenge. Only recently, now that I’m retired from 50 years of teaching at Gettysburg College, have I found time to submit photos for exhibition. My images have consistently been accepted by juried shows in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Maryland. I pride myself on getting the perfect picture the first time around, so all of the photographs displayed here are unprocessed originals. Images of the 24 “Faces of Myanmar” were captured during a Joseph Van Os photo safari in December 2014, which offered many opportunities to observe people in different settings. Out of fondness for country, I returned to Myanmar for a total of 7 weeks in the spring of 2017, this time to teach spoken English to public school teachers in the Chin state under the auspices of the Cetana Educational Foundation and the Metta Partners.


Janet Powers, Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College, has taught for 45 years in the fields of South Asian civilization and literature, womens' studies and peace studies. She holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is the author of Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace (Praeger, 2006), Kites Over the Mango Tree: Restoring Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat (Praeger 2008), and a book of poetry, Difficult to Subdue as the Wind (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her articles have appeared in CEA Critic, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of Peace Education, Literature East and West, Journal of Third World Studies, Mahfil, New Literature Review, Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies, Peace Review, Religion, South Asia Review, World Literature Today and World Literature Written in English. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award (Gettysburg College), the Distinguished Asianist Award (Mid-Atlantic Region/Association for Asian Studies) and a UNESCO Research Grant.  In addition, Professor Powers has contributed articles to Asian-American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, South Asian Literature in English: an Encyclopedia, and South Asian Novelists in English: an A-Z Guide. Her current research deals with Bosnian Women Recovering from War. She continues to teach in an adjunct capacity as needed. 

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