April 26, 2010
Q: Why were you attracted to the Tibetan nomads?
A: There’s a real visual beauty about them. Not to be a romantic pastoralist, but you see this woman walking down the street with a waterfall of amber and turquoise and carrying a bag of cement or something. The issue for me is how much they have really endured — not only the difficulty of living on the land — with the Chinese coming in and telling them how they can live and where they should live, having their land taken away and now having to seek out a whole other way of living. They’re being forced to leave the land, to no longer be nomadic and to move to the city.