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Thousands of photographs of Tibet
April 4, 2014 4:09 PM   Subscribe

Gorgeous photographs of Tibet, thousands of them by Jan Reurink with excellent, informative captions. Exceptionally detailed, clear photographs of a huge variety of Tibetan landscapes, architecture of all kinds, flowers, wildlife, cool details, monastic cities. Of course, all kinds of Tibetan people, from a high plains cowboy in a dusty town, monastic staff, nomads to kids.

Tibetan Chough on a rooftop

Yaks and dris in pasture

Griffon vulture.

All of Jan Reurink's great Flickr sets.
posted by nickyskye (11 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Beautiful! I WANT TO GO THERE! So, since college many years ago, Tibet and Nepal have been on my places to visit list, and these photos kind of explain why. So perhaps if I'm lucky, before I die I'll make it to Tibet and Nepal. Thanks for the post.
posted by Eekacat at 4:34 PM on April 4


"Contrary to popular belief, yak and their manure have little to no detectable odor when maintained appropriately in pastures or paddocks with adequate access to forage and water. Yak wool is naturally odor resistant." This is just part of the text under the stunning picture of a man on a horse, a Tibetan nomad, called "Lord of Cattle" with many yaks in the background. I'll read on.

What a feasting house of beauty and information about Tibet you have given us! I am captivated. Every picture I have ever seen of a Tibetan individual has impressed me with a kind of sweetness or happiness in their facial expression. They and their country are very attractive.
posted by Anitanola at 6:24 PM on April 4 [2 favorites]


Thanks - great post! I don't care what the yaks smell like, I'd still like to go there.
posted by sneebler at 6:55 PM on April 4


I had no idea that Tibet was so beautiful.
posted by double block and bleed at 7:28 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Lovely pictures. Tibet has always been on my list of places to go.
posted by BlueHorse at 9:06 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Great pictures! Thanks, nickyskye.
posted by homunculus at 9:33 PM on April 4


These are terrific pictures, thank you.

Every picture I have ever seen of a Tibetan individual has impressed me with a kind of sweetness or happiness in their facial expression.

Hmmm, I think this might say a little more about you than Tibetans, to be honest. It's not some Shangri La, far from it.
posted by smoke at 10:07 PM on April 4 [2 favorites]


The Disneyfication of Tibet: How tourism has become a tool of occupation.
posted by homunculus at 10:28 PM on April 4 [3 favorites]


Beautiful photos! I've been there but my photos are not nearly as sharp and gorgeous. The people of Tibet are very photogenic, but they've been through a lot. Looks like he's gone to some farther off the beaten path places too, which can be hard to do in Tibet (for transport and permit/legal reasons).
posted by Bunglegirl at 9:23 AM on April 5


The thing that struck me about Tibet when I was there (briefly) was that people seemed desperately poor,* and that there were soldiers everywhere. I saw more automatic weapons there than I have seen in total in my whole life outside of Tibet. There were shoddy-looking concrete Chinese buildings everywhere in Lhasa.

I don't know if there's less of that now, or if the photographer is just showing what people want to see.

It was also more beautiful and more green than I'd expected, and the sky was SUCH a deep blue that it seemed almost black at the top.

As for yaks, I remember seeing yak patties on the walls of houses, but I don't particularly remember smelling anything. Of course, my grandparents raised cattle, so...

*I don't know what I'd think about it now, being a little more experienced and all...and I don't know whether things have improved in the past 15 years.
posted by wintersweet at 9:41 PM on April 5


(I read the excellent article posted by homunculus. It seems that things haven't changed much, except that there's a rush to exploit tourism by building fancy hotels and putting on spectacles for visitors. Please read the article and keep this in mind when you look at the lovely pastoral photos.)
posted by wintersweet at 9:49 PM on April 5


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