Mini Architectural Details Photo Essay

I've been a bit "frozen", lately, creatively speaking, Lost in the struggle between creating what I love and creating/promoting that which sustains me financially. I've been trying to shake things up more and follow my passion(s).

So today, on what is to date the warmest day of our pre-monsoon season here in the Himalayan foothills, I decided it was well past time to go out for another photo walk. As I descended the stairs of my building, I chose the theme of "In My Street" for this jaunt.


I live in a relatively quiet residential side street of town, away from the bustling cafes, tourist shops and temples. One might think there is nothing of interest here to photograph, I can guarantee you the locals sure thought it was bizarre that I was taking pictures of the sides of buildings! I was even asked by one couple why I was taking pics of their house. I had to show them that it was all abstract photography and architectural details, and explain my passion for abstract geometrics and how they might be used in other photo art projects related to life in our community. Thankfully that seemed to satisfy them!


Here are a few of the scenes that I shot today. If you like them please consider sharing (with credit, of course) on twitter, facebook, pinterest and beyond.








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The Lollipop Kids: Kids Being Kids Part One

It is mid-afternoon on a crazy weather day here in the Himalaya of Himachal Pradesh, with thunder, hail, snow, and sun warm enough to walk outside barefoot, and I suddenly remembered that I had planned to post here today. It has been a hectic week, mainly because I adopted a very young kitten who has no concerns for my work or schedule.

At any rate, this week's post is the first of several I will make on kids being kids. Life for children in this region can be complicated and difficult, not more so for any particular culture or ethnic group, but because life here is, well, a challenge. 

Still, childhood has certain joys and freedoms not shared by adults. At least not as freely and openly! The freedom to make sure your tongue acquires a particular color from your lollipop is one of them.
Really Enjoying the Taste


Eyes Popping Out of her Head with Joy

My Sucker Matches My Muffler

And So Does My Tongue

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2016 Brings New Goals and Directions

Happy New Year 2016! I hope you all celebrated a safe and joyful holiday season, regardless of what or how you celebrate.

I've been back in northern India since mid-October 2015. The image below shows you the view of the hilltop ridge where I reside viewed from lower in the valley.
McleodGanj Hill Station, HP, India viewed from road to Dharamsala


There are a multitude of cultures and cultural celebrations around this region. I try to appreciate and celebrate the best of all of them. It is not always easy. Some people are much more open to sharing than others, and sometimes those who are willing have language barriers that make understanding one another difficult.

The Tibetan exile community is here, as well as large numbers of Kashmiris, Nepalis, local Indian peoples including the Gaddi tribe, and of course "westerners" from all over the world.
Over the past months my photography has shifted more and more towards candid street and cultural documentary work. I love being emerged in a culture so vastly foreign from mine, although it can be equally as frightening as exhilarating. I am trying to overcome my fears and capture some of the unique aspects of life here that folks back "home" never have a chance to experience.

I hope you enjoy these sample images of the various people of my adopted hometown going about their daily business.
Man Wearing Pahari topi style hat typical to Himachal Pradesh state and regions of Nepal 

Himachal Pradesh traffic policeman stationed area of His Holiness Dalai Lama temple

Taxi Union Drivers Waiting for Business

Local Gaddi Shepherdess Tribeswoman Knitting as she walks with Flock of Sheep

Ladakhi Woman at Human Rights Day Events in Dalai Lama Temple

Tibetan Mother with Child Teething on Hard Churra (dri yak cheese)

Beautiful Old Tibetan Woman Whose Face Speaks of Her Life Experience

Adorable Elderly Tibetan Man Listening to Human Rights Day Speech
Kashmiri in Main Square waiting for Business (I think as a Coolie/Porter)

In the past most of my work has been with the Tibetan community. I am making a conscious effort to expand my horizons moving forward! I still feel uncomfortable approaching most people but instead choose to shoot from a distance using my camera's 42x optical zoom.

My goal for 2016 is to post regular "mini" photo essays of different local ethnic groups, or mixed shots illustrating related themes of candid street scenes.

I hope you will enjoy the journeys with me, be they around McleodGanj or fruther afield in my upcoming travels to Pokhara, Nepal and Ladakh during spring and summer!


All images copyright Tammy Winand and may not be used without my written consent. For usage permissions or to download as stock, please visit my galleries at:
*MostPhotos (largest selection of India, Nepal, Tibetan and Himalayan imagery)
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*123rf