Artwork for Diane Barker
Nomad woman making prostrations at Jamar Mani, Nangchen, Kham.
Horseman at Yilhung Lhatso, Kham.
Palmo's sister milking, Ramashong Valley, Kham.
The guys, Rakchen Nang Valley, Nangchen, Kham.
Demtso makes tea, one of the Dong Tsang Clan camps, Nangchen, Kham.
Tashi combing her hair in the family black tent. South Amdo grasslands.
Nomad pilgrim, returning from circumambulating Mount Kawa Karpo. Near Chamdo, Kham.
I have been photographing Tibetans for about 30 years, deeply inspired by a culture that for centuries has placed the sacred at the heart of life. Between 2000 and 2019 I have traveled to Tibet many times, staying with nomad families in Amdo and Kham, old eastern Tibet inspired by their beautiful earth based culture, their independent spirit, their hospitality and sense of fun. I have been documenting what I am afraid is a dying way of life.
I also photograph extensively in my own village in Worcestershire using different format cameras and recording the subtle play of light on the hedgerows, fields and wilder fringes of our rural community.
For me photography (and painting before it) is a meditation. Its a path of Love.
Most recently I have created a photo book with indie Welsh publishers Graffeg/Bird Eye Books:
"Portraits of Tibet" https://birdeyebooks.com/products/portraits-of-tibet
and I am now starting work on a second photo book, for the same publishers, working title: "People of the Black Tents."