I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. I’ve also had a passion for foreign cultures, language, and travel since junior high school. It seems natural that at some point the two became intertwined.
I arrived in India in autumn 2009, in McLeod Ganj at the end of November that year. The hundreds of photos I took were, in part, a way for me to record and process things I was experiencing. The lifestyle and mindset seemed radically different from anything I’d ever witnessed. My photos were a doorway into what felt like another dimension.
Later, as I posted images on social media and talked to family and friends in the United States, I realised my photos were also gateways for them. Most had never travelled, especially internationally, and had no idea what life was like outside their own sphere of influence. The visual connection seemed to work better than words, not least because looking at photos is much faster than reading long descriptive passages.
At first my images from McleodGanj were mostly related to Tibetan activism. Over time, and three long stays in Dhasa plus trips to other Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal, they became more “cultural documentary”. I expanded from covering mainly Tibetan issues to the greater “Himalayan region”. I am fascinated by cultural differences, but also by the similarities. I enjoy capturing the everyday moments of local life, whether is at a religious ceremony, a community event, or simply in the streets.
Now I live here: I plan to stay! Here are some of my pictures – I feel that my pictures tell my story better than words.
Tammy Winand Photography
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