Dhondup means "Wish-Fulfillment" in TIbetan, so it was an apt title for my first photographic exhibit at the Soma Gallery in NYC, 2003.
All images are shot during 2002 while hitchhiking and trekking through the Tibetan Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) inside an occupied Tibet. After two months of exploring the regions, and side-stepping officers from the P.S.B (Public Safety Bureau), I chose to go to India to see how Tibetans were living outside the limits of Chinese control.
While these images clearly represent a Tibetan culture still vibrantly celebrated, it is sobering to note that all that remains is a mere sliver since the occupation took its brutal form in 1959. Tibetans are now officially a minority within their own capital city of Lhasa, and in most regions they are relegated to a "Tibetan Quarter", which normally represents less than 25% of the geographical area of the city in question.