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Bhutan: Photographing Happiness

The Tourism Council of Bhutan and Yangphel Adventure Travel invited Barry to photograph their country in December 2015. The goal was to not only capture their beautiful mountains, valleys, and urban areas, but also to create imagery demonstrating the principles behind Gross National Happiness–the emphasis of selfless service to others and the search for enlightenment–a core value of this unique Buddhist kingdom. Beneath the surface of Bhutan is a rich and diverse community of yak herders, nomadic and ancient village dwellers, as well as a complex royal and democratic government hierarchy, all overseen by scholars, gurus, rimpoches, high lamas and the most environmentally-conscious leadership in the world. The project will now transition to creating a book and a show in Los Angeles to open in late spring of 2016.