Trip to Bhutan
An immersion in the Kingdom of Bhutan
Where is Bhutan?
I’ve been wanting to make a trip to Bhutan for a while. A very small isolated country, located somewhere in Asia, but we don’t know much about it.
By asking around, I learn that it is a country wedged between China and India that has never been colonized, protected by the ramparts of the Himalayas to the north and south by the jungle. It is also the only kingdom in the world where Buddhism is the state religion, where the carbon footprint is negative, where agriculture is 95% organic and nature is extremely preserved (it represents 72% of the kingdom in the wild state). It is also forbidden to kill animals.
This country is also the inventor of the BNB (Gross National Happiness based on 11 criteria: employment, income, housing, social ties, education, environment, work-life balance, governance, health, satisfaction and security), which wishes to counterbalance the usual GDP index. The latter only measures and values the production of wealth. The NBB was adopted by the UN in 2011.
With all these data in mind, my curiosity has only grown and I decide to go and see for myself what it is all about.
A kingdom preserved from time and globalization.
In my eyes Bhutan is truly a unique country! Thanks to its isolation, this country has been able to preserve its ancestral customs (traditional clothing, colourful religious rites, relationship with nature) while remaining far enough away from Western influences and globalization which tends to standardize our planet. It is a real pleasure to walk through the immense fortresses (the Dzongs) maintained to perfection and in which Bhutanese smiling and nonchalant in their traditional clothes are evolving.
A breath of fresh air during my trip to Bhutan
Everything is calm and time passes slowly, in harmony with the Himalayan mountain setting and the Buddhist customs that permeate the culture and daily life with serenity. I took a great breath of fresh air in contact with this gentle people and outside of time and fashion effects.
I invite you in my turn to take a break…breathe and travel in images…
Trip to Bhutan, Bhutan travel photographer
As a travelling lover, I try to be close to the people from the different countries I travel through. For that, I try to live and move like the locals. Naturally, my photography practice has been oriented towards street atmospheres (street photography) and street portraits.
Since then, my work has evolved a lot and I now only photograph with an old medium format film camera and 120 film. From these travels (Burma, Bhutan, Laos, Sri Lanka, Oman, Guatemala, Albania, Morocco, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Nepal,…), I photograph images which are then presented in photo exhibitions.
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