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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Architecture / Cityscapes

Barkhor Square

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architecture / Cityscapes
  • Photographer
    Lee Fulmer

The Tibetan people going about their daily buddhist practice in the Barkhor Square in central Lhasa, Tibet. The shot was taken from the top of the Jokhang temple, the spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan practice is to only circle the temple clockwise so it is not uncommon to see people circumnavigate the entire temple rather than go 10m in the opposite direction.

I have been capturing images for over 40 years having started with a 110 instamatic in the 1970s and graduating to 35mm in the 1980s. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and have always taken pictures as I went using everything from instant film to 35mm to 120mm to digital. In a society where camera phones are ubiquitous and the internet bombards us with images, I do my best to capture the spaces in between what everyone else sees. I still make extensive use of my film cameras, alongside digital cameras, focusing on using the best equipment to capture a specific moment.