During the winter of 1993 I visited Tibet. At that time of year
very few Westerners were to be found in that part of the world
due to the inhospitable conditions created by the high altitude
and severely cold temperatures. I was not surprised not to see
another foreign traveler during my one week stay in the country.
photograph of this young girl was taken at the entrance to a monastery
near the capital city of Lhasa. It was the time of year that Tibetan
Nomads, dressed in traditional clothing made of yak skins, make
pilgrimages of great distances to monasteries.
had just finished my visit at the monastery when I noticed a very
colourful, textured yellow wall near the entrance. I knew it would
make a beautiful backdrop, so I decided to wait for a subject
to photograph. I explained this intention to my Tibetan guide
who interpreted my request to a family of Nomads who were passing
by. While they were very cooperative, it was easy to see they
were also very curious as to why a foreigner like myself would
be taking such an interest in them. My camera was a source of
intrigue as well!
were a large group ten in total - made up of adults and
young children. I chose to photograph them both as a group and
individually. As I took this particular girls portrait,
she simply stood and looked directly into my camera.