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Bhutan, the Old and the New

February 24th, 2014

I think Bhutan is almost unique in this modern world, in that the culture and beliefs are strong and firmly rooted in their present day society,  The Bhutanese have mobile phones and computers, they wear Nike shoes, many of them study overseas, almost everyone speaks English, yet they daily wear traditional dress, eat their traditional foods, participate and believe in their culture and festivals.  It is an amazing country with a beautiful juxtaposition of the old and the new existing side by side and rarely conflicting.

Bhutan the old and the new

This image is of a young woman who works for the local government of Punakha, she has a few minutes before her work day begins.  She works in a 17th Century Dzong, she wears traditional Bhutanese dress and she is sending a text message on her iPhone 5…

Shot with the Fuji XPro-1 and the 35mm f1.4 lens

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