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SOMEHOW—Living on Uganda Time

Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Cover Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
If this were just a book of photographs of Uganda's wondrous sights and people, then Doug Cruickshank's SOMEHOW—Living on Uganda Time would be a must have for anyone interested in discovering what life is like in the heart of the Mother Continent.

Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
If this were just a wonderful collection of the author's ever-insightful and witty stories of Uganda's rich hidden treasures, then it would be a must have for anyone interested in discovering the hearts of the Ugandans.

But it is both, making it a must have for anyone seeking to penetrate the heart of the world.

Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
We may talk up the conveniences of our society, but deep down we know this is not the type of human connectedness that sustains an evolved community. What Cruickshank reveals to us about Uganda is the authenticity of its people and their reflection in their communities.

Imagine what it would be like to rid yourself of all your possessions—your house, clothes, car, furniture, artwork, knick-knacks, and keepsakes—and travel half-way around the world to live in rural Africa. That is what Cruickshank did in 2009.

Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Doug is an old, dear friend of mine. We worked together during the early days of Colorado Public Television. I've always considered him one of the wittiest people I've ever met, as if Oscar Wilde had somehow come of age in California during the late '60's. His eye for detail is manifest in his writing and his photographs, but when he reached the village of Kyarumba in the Rwenzori Mountains of western Uganda, he put all of this aside for a couple of months, while he got to know his new friends and neighborhood.

This wasn't a ploy to gain their confidence before documenting his journey. He had jettisoned everything in search of a fresh start and a new way of looking at the world. And in the birthplace of the human race, he found that inspiration.

Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Photo: Douglas Cruickshank
Visiting an alien world, listening to foreign tongues, and communing with nature's biggest melting pot of creatures got Cruickshank's inimitable mojo working in ways entirely different than earlier manifestations, which makes SOMEHOW—Living on Uganda Time an enormous gift—and one worth gifting to others.

Half the proceeds from the sale of this collection of portraits and landscapes go to Kyarumba, Uganda, where Cruickshank now resides full-time, for schools, bridges, and other necessities. What a perfect way to support art and life.

SOMEHOW—Living on Uganda Time may be purchased at douglascruickshank.com.

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