Photographer's Note

Do you believe in faith?
This ever so sweet girl sat in the stairs of a monastery in Lhasa and asked for money. I remember my head from this moment after spending nearly two weeks in Tibet, and before that, one month in the province of Xin Jiang. I was so confused, angry with chinese government and I got a slight tear in my eye those times I thought of the tibetan peoples longing for their leader and freedom. As if the nature wasn't enough... I'm still mad when I think back on this little girl. For me she was the image of tibetans today. People her age must have a difficult time; the chinese influence has been operating for several generations, their link to what happened is fading with the elderly passing away, like many youngsters they are thrilled by todays luxury and "easy-livin'". I'm divided in my thoughts actually... Parts of me want Tibet to go back to it's "own", then I guess they have too deep wounds for it to ever be the same. Isn't it so that those who want things back as they were, are actually those who stands in the way of peace and harmony? When several generations are born and raised under a different regime, wouldn't they adapt this as their own culture/country?

As you see in the image there are aspects of darkness, color, filth, teddy-sweater, hairelastics, childhood and yet no(?) childhood...

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