Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bhutan: Changangkha- where the children receive their names.

The Changangkha monastery is located in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. This is the temple where parents come to in order to name their children- they pick a name from the available names at the temple. It is thought that this process as well as the blessings from the local Llama is bringing good luck to the child. Apart from the Royal family, there are no family names given in Bhutan.
This boy already had a name, of course, but was coming to the castle with his 
family in order to get a name for his little sibling.

These parents came to The Changangkha monastery in order to receive blessings 
and a name to their new born baby.
#bhutan #photography #photojournalism #thimphu #workshop #dochulapass #paro #sport #khuru #documentary #thechangangkhamonastery #nameababy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bhutan: Khuru

In Bhutan, Archery is the national sport. One can see the sport being competed in a number of different venues. I will come back to that later, but Khuru is also popular! Khuru is a "dart like" sport where the guys competing tries to hit the target around 20 to 40 meters away. Their precision and courage is impressive. The "dart" is pretty big, the target pretty small and the guys standing near the target seems to be worryingly close while the competition is throwing the dart.
Khuru competition taking place after work time in Thimphu, Bhutan. The dart can just be seen leaving the hand of the participant. He is throwing the dart in this case about 40 meters towards the target...and hitting it perfectly!
#bhutan #photography #photojournalism #thimphu #workshop #dochulapass #paro #sport #khuru #documentary 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bhutan: Tigers Nest

Getting to the famous "Tigers Nest" or "Paro Taktsang" requires a 3 hours walk around 10km north of Paro. The monastery is hanging on a cliff at 3120meters and the walk you do elevates around 900meters. The best is to walk early as the monastery only has got direct sun on it at around 08:00 in the morning. We had to gamble as the rain season was in full swing during our visit- we were lucky though!
Juan, one of the workshop participants walking to see the "Tigers Nest".
You can just about see the "Tigers Nest" in background between the
"Grandfathers Beard" hanging from the trees in the foreground!
#bhutan #photography #photojournalism #weekendmarket #thimphu #workshop #dochulapass #paro #tigersnest

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bhutan: the Dochu La pass

If you ever visit Bhutan, you will soon realise that the temples, the places people visit in order to stay connected, reflect and feel part of the society within this Buddhist country are all very much important to the people of the kingdom. While driving on "Highway 1" (I will describe the road on a later post...) from Thimphu to Punakha, it makes sense to stop at the Dochu La Pass, a monument designed for peace of 108 Chortens. You can, on a good day, have a wonderful view of the Himalayas from this spot. From my photo, you can see that there were no chance of seeing any mountains on my visit last week! You do see our driving checking our suitcases though...
Fogg is something fairly common should you visit the Dochu La Pass, particularly during the rainy season.
Some Indian workers passes the 108 Chortens on "Highway 1"
"Highway 1" is being worked on constantly. The distance between Paro and Thimphu is pretty good. Further east still needs plenty of work. It gets difficult when you meet larger vehicles on what is essentially a one lane road.
#bhutan #photography #photojournalism #weekendmarket #thimphu #workshop #dochulapass #punakha #nikon #d810 #highway1

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bhutan: Weekend Market

This little boy was playing with a balloon at the Weekend Market in Thimphu, Bhutan. Crafts and food was for sale and there were plenty of people despite the wet weather.
This little boy was playing with a balloon at the Weekend Market in Thimphu, Bhutan. 
#bhutan #photography #photojournalism #weekendmarket #thimphu #workshop #balloon

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bhutan: Photographers

These two little girls were all too happy to be photographed. On one condition though, that they could photograph me!
#bhutan #workshop #photography #photojournalism #munk #monastry #dechenphodrang #photographer #travelphotography

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bhutan: Monks play football too

Monks play football too- at least when they are students and have a break! Visiting the Dechen Phodrang Monastry in Thimphu, Bhutan, we got to spend a little bit time with the students there. As we arrived, football was on the agenda!
Students playing football at the Dechen Phodrang Monastry.
#bhutan #workshop #photography #photojournalism #monk #monastry #dechenphodrang #fifa

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kathmando, Nepal

Travelling can be an experience for good and for bad... Airlines does not always corporate with your plans. But- sometimes you can have a pleasant surprise- Kathmandu offers a lot of life and beautiful colours.
View from Hotel Kathmandu View.
#bhutan, #photojournalism, #photography, #photographyworkshop, #workshop, #nepal

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Srebrenica: July 11th burial.

On July 11th. the official burial of the dead takes place at the Potocari Memorial ground. You can read about this in earlier entries on this blog. This time I spent time with the families who themselves were digging and preparing the graves for their loved ones who were killed in the Srebrenica genocide. After prayers and speeches, the burial itself is done with the help from family and friends. The graves are prepared and everybody helps in order to make sure the burial happens in a respectful way.
After the rain, it was necessary to dig more in order to prepare the grave for the burial.
Friends and family helps to cary the casket to its resting place.
It is a delicate job to bury the caskets during the ceremonial burial. This year 175 bodies were layer to rest.
Old and young helps, the actual burial takes only around an hour to finish.

#bosnia #srebrenica #genocide #storytelling #marsmira #humanrights #photojournalism #documentary #potocari #pilica #pilicaculturalcentre #potocari #july11 #20years

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Srebrenica: Pilica Cultural Centre

Women praying at the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Pilica Curtural Centre. Pilica, July 13th 2014
Around 500 innocent people were killed at this cultural centre in July 1995, including the brother of a good friend of mine.
#bosnia #srebrenica #genocide #storytelling #marsmira #humanrights #photojournalism #documentary #potocari #pilica #pilicaculturalcentre

Saturday, August 02, 2014

August 1st- Switzerland

The Swiss National Day is August 1st and dates back to 1291 and is inspired by the Federal Charter of the same year. In early August, "three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an action which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland." (Wikipedia)
1 August is celebrated each year with paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of Swiss flags and fireworks.