Serena Fass began taking photographs when she was seven and has continued all her life: in Europe as a teenager, then in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and India before she started her travel company Serenissima in 1972, of which John Julius Norwich was Chairman. Serena was soon on her way to Peru, Mexico, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Israel, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Indonesia, China, Japan and Australia, always with her camera, as she did reconnaissance or led tours for Serenissima. In 1974 she compiled a book of meditations and images, Faces of India, to raise money for Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This winning formula gave her the idea of doing the same thing with her many images of crosses. The result has eventually crystallised into this book which she has taken fourteen years to complete, adding meditations from some of her favourite saints, poets and many of her friends. Meanwhile she has continued to lead tours for both Noble Caledonia and TransIndus Travel in addition to lecturing on Swan Hellenic & Saga cruises. Serena has given nine illustrated fund raising lectures at the Royal Geographic Society, as well as to the Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Nehru Centre in London. She continues to travel widely.
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