Recently I was invited to join an international photography project "Portraits" started by a London-based artist IMPREINT. The artist collects portraits of different people holding a common item - a balloon. Why a balloon? While painting a project "1000 balloons" a couple of years ago the artist came to the idea that we people are just like those balloons: all different, imperfect yet all beautiful. And he decided to start this new project "Portraits" where the balloon symbolizes the common ground that we all have not depending on age, shape, skin colour, culture background, social status: we all are human beings, we all can love, hate, cry, laugh, feel pain or feel happiness.
Information about the artist and his project as well as the project's photos you can find on this Facebook page.
As Nepal is the place where Buddha was born I chose one of the sacred Buddhist sites of the country to participate in the project - the Boudhanath stupa.
It is one of my favourite places in Kathmandu. It is not only beautiful but has some special sense of tranquility, peace and well-being about it.
The Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal. The huge white dome is set on concentric, ascending terraces in the pattern of a mandala.
It is possible to climb up onto the base of the stupa and take a peaceful stroll. Around the base of this stupa is a ring of 108 images of Buddhist deities and 147 insets containing prayer wheels.
Wearing: dress - W, cigarette pants - Paislei, wedges - Delamode, handmade glass-beads necklace - bought in Nepal
Hope you're having a nice day!