After a break of over 4 years, I am ready to announce the next project from Everyday Exile. This body of work, titled Beautiful Asylum, will cover the juxtaposition of the struggle Tibetans face in their daily lives while surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayan regions in which they live.
As with previous posts, these new fine art & documentary photographs of local buildings, landscapes, cultural and Tibetan Buddhism scenes will give the viewer a feel for various aspects of the Tibetan experience.
While fewer and fewer "new arrivals" are successfully making the journey from Tibet into exile in India and Nepal, the difficulties faced by those who have, over the past 56 years, are no less real. Unemployment in Tibetan settlements is high, discrimination remains an issue, alcoholism and addiction are constant battles for many. As a stateless people, many feel the only way out is to marry someone from another country in the hopes of attaining a visa/foreign citizenship.
It seems almost impossible to conceive that all this goes on in the stunning serene settings of Himalayan hillside villages filled with colorful buildings, fluttering prayer flags, and intricately decorated majestic Buddhist monasteries.
Beautiful Asylum will attempt to accurately convey both the sacred and profane, the extraordinary and mundane, in this complex environment.
The inception of this project coincides with the beginning of a new Tibetan government in exile election cycle with final voting for the next Sikyong, or Prime Minister, to take place in summer 2016.
Starting in October 2015, my camera and I will be back in the streets of McleodGanj, capital of Tibet in exile and home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, where my involvement with the Tibetan community began in autumn 2009.
Thank you for all of your support.