Margot Raggett Travel Photography: Visually Exciting Paro Festival in Bhutan
In an earlier post, I covered some of the travel photography of Margot Raggett from her travels in Kenya Africa. This posting shares more of Margot Raggett Travel Photography: Paro Festival Bhutan
Margot Raggett travelled to the Paro Festival in Bhutan in April 2012 and took this series of images. The Paro Festival is one of the busiest in Bhutan and is attended by thousands of pilgrims each year who come from all of the Kingdom to worship and celebrate with their relatives and friends. Everyone who attends dresses in their finest outfits to watch days of ceremonial dancing, with each masked dance enacting a particular tale from folklore. The festival culminates with the unfurling of the giant ‘Thangka’, which is a religious picture scroll known as a Thongdroel and it is exhibited for just a few hours, at day break of the final day of the festival, enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll ‘confers liberation by the mere sight of it’ (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese).
Margot Raggett is an aspiring photographer who travels as often as she can to pursue her love of taking images. She bought her first ‘proper’ camera in 2010 for a Safari to the Masai Mara and fell in love with both the place and the art of taking pictures. After a course at the London School of Photography and several camera upgrades later, she now shoots on a Nikon D800. She loves wildlife, people and landscapes and her photographic heroes are Jonathan & Angela Scott. When not travelling she splits her time between London and Greece and is a business consultant.