Photo: Scene From a Bhutanese Village

Bhutanese Woman with Prayer Wheel

Bhutanese Woman with Prayer Wheel

I love making these shots. Sarah and I were traveling with our guides on our adventure through a village in central Bhutan and we stopped for some water and a little respite from the constantly winding mountain roads. I was getting a bit fidgety because it was only the second day of our Bhutan adventure and I wanted to make a million National Geographic worthy shots. Everything here lent itself to making beautiful images but for some reason I wasn’t getting what I wanted. Then this woman with a prayer wheel came wandering by. She was just spending her time, as she does every day, walking through the dusty streets piously spinning her prayer wheel but the light in her eyes said she was at least a little excited to be seeing some foreigners admiring her little town. She wasn’t exactly posing but she did make herself available for some good shots. I think the expression on her face pretty much says it all. She helped put me back in the zone.

Image made with a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP full frame DSLR with theEF24-105mm IS Lens Kit.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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