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Local photographer Dr. Robbie Green shows travel images at Penelope's

April 13, 2011|By Hripsime Moskovian, Special to the Valley Sun
  • A photograph by Robbie Green entitled 'Leg Rower Reflection' at Penelopes Cafe Books & Gallery in La Canada Flintridge on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (Robbie Green)
A photograph by Robbie Green entitled 'Leg Rower…

Dr. Robbie Green, a psychotherapist in private practice and a consultant for Flintridge Prep, has added photographer to her list of accomplishments.

Through the end of this month, a series of photographs Green took of her travels around the globe, “Special Moments in Far Off Lands,” is on exhibit at Penelope’s Café Books & Gallery in La Cañada.

All proceeds from purchases of the photographs will benefit Kids with Cameras, a nonprofit organization that teaches photography to children living in poverty.

“It’s been a charity I’ve donated to before,” Green said. “I called and asked what I could do besides send money, and they said if I’d ever like to do an exhibit and donate the proceeds, it would be wonderful. It took a while for me to get organized and find a home for it, and here we are.”

In her series, Green makes a point to focus on subjects specific to the regions to which she has traveled, be it Indonesia, Vietnam or Burma.

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“I’ve got a lot of photos of Western Europe, but I think things that are less Western are more interesting because of the differences,” she said. From the labor of a typical morning to dress and social traditions, Green’s photographs represent the ordinary experiences of daily life.

“What interests me is when I go to live in some culture, things are so distinct about that culture or the way they practice their religion. I see the distinctiveness in each culture, but also the common threads that run through humanity,” she said.

Born, raised and schooled in Los Angeles, Green has always had a fascination with people. “I first studied psychology and cultural anthropology at UCLA. Then, I decided that I really wanted to commit to working with people, and I got a master’s degree in social work at USC. After being in practice for a number of years, I decided that I really needed to study further and enhance my skills and my theoretical knowledge, so I went back and got a Ph.D. in clinical social work.”

Years later, Green underwent psychoanalytic training while conducting her own clinical practice at the same time. In addition to running her practice, she works as a consultant for Flintridge Prep.

An avid traveler, Dr. Green has been taking photographs since she was a teenager.

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