White Rabbits

I have been photographing these two since they were toddlers. This year felt different, they went to change, spending about half an hour deciding what to wear. Their father bought them the rabbits for their birthday

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Spring Clean

After a hard day clearing out cupboards (monks and monasteries not being the tidiest or cleanest of places) the young monks made the most of the sunny day and running water.
It’s so special to finally see these images properly. A big thank you to Hempstead May

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Limited Edition Prints

There are two editions on sale at the exhibition.

Large - 23”x23” limited edition of 5 - Archival C-Type digital print - £150 framed or £120 unframed 

Small - 10”x8” limited edition of 100 - Archival digital inkjet print - £35 + p&p 

Both editions are signed, sealed and numbered. All proceeds go to the reparations of the Nezang Monastery temple roof. 

Email for more details: Contact@RinchenLucy.com

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And it's up!

A huge thank you to everyone who came last night, to the private view, especially those who came from so far! It was a very special night 

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Tiger in the halls

Spurred on by childfree time in London, arranging prints for a little exhibition I’m doing, I had some new scans done at Hempstead May.

I caught Chödark in the hall wearing this tiger pelt. At the 2006 Kalachakra, His Holiness encouraged Tibetans to stop wearing fur. Heeding his message, furs and skins were burnt in their hundreds of thousands. This skin was probably donated to the monastery at that time and has been laying dusty in cupboard, a bit like my negs!

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Twins

“There are and have been and will be an infinite number of things on Earth. Individuals all different, all wanting different things, all knowing different things, all loving different things, all looking different. . . . That is what I love: the differentness.” Diane Arbus

Twins

Many of the photographers I admire most photographed twins. These girls are the daughters of friends of mine. Every year I take their portrait


“Be grateful and strive forward."

This used to be a picnic park where people would come and enjoy family days out. When I visited every inch was covered in relief tents. Nearby, banners and billboards hailing the central government’s rebuilding effort, is an earthquake memorial that features a crumpled building preserved under a glass canopy, and a Socialist-style sculpture of muscled rescue workers and grief-stricken victims. “Challenge the limits,” an inscription says. “Be grateful and strive forward."

Horse Races

The famous Jyekundo horse race festival hasn't been held since the earthquake in 2010 but smaller ones have continued. Tibetan festivals are an opportunity for the traditionally nomadic people to come together, enjoy races, dancing, trade while of course looking their best

Ani Rinchen

My Aunt is raising her grandson as his mother left when he was a baby. She was married to my cousins but it didn't work out. 

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Polyandry is still practiced here. It's more common in societies with scarce environmental resources, as it is believed to limit human population growth and enhance child survival. Traditionally one brother would stay at home with the family while the other would go trading. I asked a family once if it caused jealousy, I was met with a blank look 'why would we be jealous?'

Drogba, འབྲོག་པ།

Tibetan nomads, known as འབྲོག་པ།, Drogba, live in the remote, high altitude grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau. In this village close to the banks of the DriChu or Yangste the land is very fertile and they plant barley as well as herd lifestock. With each turn of the plough they recite the mantra །ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པ་དྨེ་ཧཱུྃ། Om Mani Padme Hum to bless the land

Lama Dance

One of the four skeleton dancers at the Tse Chu, ཙིས་བཅུ། Lama Dance Festival at Damkar Monastery, Jekundo.  

The festival is held on on the tenth day, of a chosen month, of the lunar Tibetan calendar and celebrates the life of the great teacher Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. 

In 761, Emperor Tri Songdetsen, invited Guru Rinpoche from Swat (northwestern Pakistan), to drive out the demons who had caused a smallpox epidemic. Guru Rinpoche introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Tantric Buddhism and is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition. The Nyingma tradition is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Their presence, among other things, reminds the audience of the transient nature of life, including states of mind and the body itself, the ephemeral nature of this world and of their own mortality.

Live at Last!

I'm so happy to have finished my website. It has been a long time in the works and it feels like a real accomplishment to finally have it done! Ticking off the to-dos suddenly feels less daunting and more of a joy so, head down and on with the next...