TIFA 2021 Book / People

Inner Harmony: Living In Balance

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Jon Kolkin
  • Agency / Studio
    Jon Kolkin Photography
  • Technical Info
    Variable Settings Throughout The 13-year Project. No Artificial Lighting Or Staged Photographs.
  • Photo Date
    2007-2019 (ongoing project)

Jon Kolkin skillfully blends photography with health and spirituality, as he delves into Buddhist philosophy to explore core principles central to living a less stressful, more balanced life, regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs. Designed by renowned graphic artist Lance Hidy, with poetry and prose by Buddhist scholar, Dr. Paula Arai, forewords were contributed by the 14th Dalai Lama and Queen Mother of Bhutan. These intimate images were captured during 17 immersive experiences over 13 years in 10 countries throughout Asian, primarily while the author served as a medical volunteer.

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.