Photo Essay: Each Other, by Samuel He

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Nestled among the Himalayans, Bhutan is one of the most isolated countries in the world, and known for its multitudes of rich traditions. But the socio-cultural landscape in Bhutan is fast changing, and this can be observed in the sartorial choices of its citizens. During daylight hours, wearing the the traditional gho and kira, is mandated by the Kingdom. But the rule is not followed strictly in the capital of Thimphu. These days, especially after television and the internet was introduced in the country 13 years ago, many of the clothes that the Bhutanese wear are emblazoned with Western slogans or brands.  This project explores change through the juxtaposition of street portraits taken in the major Bhutanese cities of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

Photographs & Text: Samuel He
Camera: Nikon D800E
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Comments 19

  1. These are just some dark pictures from Bhutan, and doesn’t say much about changing Bhutan. The pictures are all edited or taken in the dark to paint the picture dark.

    Bhutan is bright and colorful, we have still the Bhutan that used to be with much better lifestyle.

  2. My good God. I`ve been to Nepal and north India some 30-40 years ago. I have definitely other memories about folks there because these people are depicted like the inhabitants of any slum of Mumbai, Ulan-Bator, Rangoon or Bangkok. Where`s the happiness gone. Is the world gone sad and mad?

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