I captured this scene on Kodachrome 64, in the marketplace of Jokhang Bazaar in Lhasa, Tibet. The Jokhang is a Buddhist monastery with an important bazaar surrounding it, very important in Tibet's culture. The donkeys are used as beasts of burden, and I believe there were stone-cutters working in this section of the bazaar.
I’ve been capturing images that tickle my brain ever since my parents handed me my first camera in 4th grade- a well-loved old Brownie Starflex. My “thing” is lighting—the more natural, the better. Back-lighting and worm’s-eye-views have become near-obsessions. As an art major at Goshen College years ago, the best advice I got there from a favorite professor was to “Play with it!”... sage advice which I still follow today. This may mean lying down in a ditch to see some brown-eyed Susans from below, and there’s the fun.
My greatest joy in photography is its way of etching moments in my memory. That singular ray of light or fabulous color which would otherwise get forgotten becomes like an old friend when I process or view the image...
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