The Photo of Tibetan Prayer Flags

My photo of Tibetan prayer flags taken in 2010 in Tibet has been selected for the 14th Annual Chang School Photography Exhibition (Ryerson University) in Toronto (May 20 – June 1, 2014).

The Story of the Photo and the Meaning of the Tibetan Prayer Flags

It was a sunny, but windy day up into the mountains, and the colourful prayer flags were winding against the backdrop of the blue skies with few white clouds. Down in the valley the rivers were flowing between the naked peaks. The flags bring colour and dynamism into the composition.

The Tibetan prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.

Tibetan Prayer Flags

The flags come in five colours and are arranged in a specific order: blue, white, red, green, and yellow, each colour representing one Buddhist element.

  • Blue: sky, space
  • White: air, wind
  • Red: fire
  • Green: water
  • Yellow: earth

To take this photo I used the SIGMA DP1 high-end compact, the first camera in the world to have a big, SLR sized sensor in a small body. This, coupled with the unique Foveon sensor, bring the images to life through beautiful colours, crisp sharpness and the Foveon 3D look.

“Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson