TOKYO-2020 People / Life Style

Cloud Kingdom

  • Prize
    Silver in People/Life Style
  • Photographer
    Jon Kolkin
  • Agency / Studio
    Kolkin Fine Art Photography
  • Technical Info
    Variable Settings. No Artificial Lighting Or Staged Photographs.
  • Photo Date
    2011-2019 (ongoing project)

(Thimphu Dzongkhag, Bhutan) At a remote Bhutanese monastery high in the Himalayas, the early morning hours often provide an opportunity for magical experiences. After crawling out from under a warm blanket and stretching my stiff body, I go outside, bracing myself against the cold mountain air, and fill my lungs with the crisp, fresh mountain air. Frequently the landscape is engulfed in clouds, creating an ethereal setting. A sense of tranquility washes over me when in this cloud kingdom. I often shake my head in disbelief, grateful for the privilege to be in this monks’ sanctuary.

Jon Kolkin is an internationally recognized photographer, physician, humanitarian and philanthropist with a lifetime of experience pursuing his passions while simultaneously maintaining a healthy balance between his personal and professional life. The underlying themes of his projects focus on universal, core principles central to achieving those goals. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group museum and gallery exhibitions within the U.S. and abroad. He has served on the faculty of Maine Media Workshops and is a frequent guest lecturer at a range of venues worldwide.