Piece description from the artist
This picture was taken in Sherabling Monastery near Bir, India on the 75th birthday of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. An ornate chandelier illuminates a wall of Buddhist thangkas as young monks play conch shell trumpets, finger cymbals, telescoping trumpets, and drums.
All photography available in sizes different from the original upon request.
Ryan Mitchell brings you the world—from Himalayan mountain villages to Haitian streets. His photography is an attempt to bring “home” that which is exotic and seemingly unreachable, while showcasing the common humanity and shared existence between cultures near and abroad. He hopes that, through his imagery, viewers can see themselves among the mountains, the smiles, the agriculture, and the human experience and thus foster a collective reality across myriad cultural divides.
Ryan wears many hats: full-time firefighter paramedic, anthropologist, world traveler, humanitarian (he served in Haiti two weeks after the 2010 earthquake), musician, and photographer. He most recently took the grand prize as well as the prize for landscape photography in the USF World International Photography Competition.