Mary Bartnikowski Photography

Dear Friends, Welcome to my gallery!

You'll see the cream of the crop of 35 years of being an award-winning photographer, author, and educator, in Palo Alto, California and a world traveler in 35 countries.

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Who am I?

I've led programs at Stanford, Intel, Apple, and globally for humanitarian foundations and in my own premium hands on photography adventures in Italy, Mexico, Hawaii, and USA.
guiding 1349 students to learn one-on-one in real time and online what I've learned in 35 years of shooting and writing professionally in the heart of Silicon Valley down the street from Steve Jobs in Palo Alto.

Your photography is guaranteed to greatly improve immediately in your premium hands on workshop in Italy or in a private 3-hour session with me.

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I've explored 35 countries and traveled solo around the world three times buying one-way tickets along the way without an itinerary.

Teaching, writing, shooting and learning as I discovered remarkable places and people.

My best photography and advice on solo travel and taking amazing photos is on my YouTube channel

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I write about my travel adventures in my 4 books on Amazon the newest one is Discover the Best of Big Island, Hawaii check it out now:

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A little about me:

I moved to Palo Alto California in 1981, and lived down the street from Steve Jobs. I photographed CEO's, families, start up stars, and 722 weddings.

In 2009 I sold my belongings and kickstarted my world journey of teaching photography workshops worldwide.

It was one of the best things I've ever done. It changed my life to meet masters, saints, and people who etched their wisdom on my heart in 35 countries.

I photographed the Dalai Lama twice in India, rode elephants bareback in Nepal, and taught kundalini yoga to Buddhist nuns in Kathmandu, lived in Thailand in a temple learning from a meditation master and making videos/photography, taught children and elders English in Colombia, lived in an ashram in India on the Ganges River teaching yoga and photographing saints, and surfed in Ecuador and Peru.

I hitchhiked solo in the Himalayas, explored the Nubra Valley in Ladakh while crammed in a share jeep driving over the highest motor-able pass in the world at 18,000 feet, scuba dived in Grand Cayman, motor-biked in Thailand and lived to tell the tale after crashing, shot Angkor Wat by biking in the dark 9 miles to see the sun rise over Ta Prohm Temple and discovered Myanmar and Cambodia and now I'm on Kauai after swimming with wild dolphins on Hawaii Island, no not in a tank, in the wild, people!

In between shootings I taught photography to Sikh students in Amritsar, photographed the golden temple at 3AM, celebrated Kunigan a holy day in Bali, played in the Holi festival in India, bathed in the Ganges River, tango-ed in Buenos Aires, fell in love in Florence, got drenched by the biggest waterfall in the world, Iguazu, between Argentina and Brazil, fund-raised for abandoned people in Argentina by writing and photographing, taught photography to people in India, Bali, Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Nepal and USA.

My first volunteer project was teaching the staff of the Nepal Youth Foundation how to take great photos of their children, in Nepal.

But Thailand was calling.

One of my teachers lives in Thailand so my heart said go live in his Buddhist temple -- no one spoke English but I still woke up at 3AM every day to meditate with the nuns and monks. I also tackled the Thai language. And lost.

Moving onto South America after I sold my car in Palo Alto I climbed Picchu peak in Machu Picchu and got personal with llamas as in taking photos up close. I photographed lightening in the middle of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and rode in a bus over glaciers from La Paz to Salta Argentina, for 36 hours.

Come to think of it I bought my first bikini in Brazil right after my 50th birthday.

But we won't go into that here.

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