Bhutan - Culture & Religion - Jeff Henry Photography
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Mask after Mask

Mask after Mask

One of the great things about visiting Bhutan is witnessing and taking part in the local festivals. In many cases these festivals have been going on for centuries, each generation teaching the next about the dances, symbolism, and traditions. 

It's a bit hard to photograph these festivals since one has to remain along the perimeter of the action. But, with a long lens many unique angles and perspectives are possible. I watched the action for a few minutes to try to get an idea of how the performers were going to move around the courtyard, and then I got into position. 

I wanted as many masks in the frame as possible, and that's what I got. They only lined up like this for a few seconds, but that was enough. These masks are true works of art, each hand carved and painted.

AsiaBhutanTrongsa to Bumtang