Before I went to Bhutan, I thought my trip was about witnessing the Bhutanese people’s transition from an agrarian Buddhist culture to a 21st century Buddhist culture. I certainly saw red-robed monks with cell phones, farmers hauling fodder on their backs for their cows and prayer flags attached to phone towers. I also watched people wear traditional ghos and kiras, while others wear hoodies and jeans.
But ultimately, I realized what I wanted to see in Bhutan was the ordinary and the universal. Regarding Bhutan is a photographic collection of people going about their lives – kids with money looking for treat down at the store, a shopkeeper waiting to go home, a monk teasing a younger monk. My trip became about seeing new people in a new place with a different culture and searching for something familiar.
Boston-based Donna Tramontozzi explores the natural world and the human experience through her photography. An enthusiastic traveler, Tramontozzi uses the photographic possibilities she finds in new places to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. A former high-tech executive and business owner, she now seeks to create images that convey the joy and surprise that travel offers.
Tramontozzi has studied at the Santa Fe Photographic workshops and participated in Atelier 22, 23, and 24 classes at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work was chosen for the 2016 juried show Projections! in Boston. A photo from her Flow project was chosen for the cover of a best selling Psychology textbook. In 2017, she had her first solo exhibition at one of the Griffin Museum’s satellite galleries.
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