Jim has been a friend of mine for about 6 years and I’ve had an inside seat, watching his photography skills literally grow wings, take off…and soar. He will be the resident Gallery Teacher of Digital Photography and his portfolio on the Villagers in Tibet will have a permanent screen dedicated to his work. He takes about 2 trips a year to China, riding yaks and God knows what else, to get to these remote places. His imagery speaks for itself.
Along with his work, there will be hand made items that he (and others) have trekked back, allowing patrons to purchase them in the gallery. It’s impossible to import with China’s restrictions and hand carrying them as “tourist gifts” has become the only way to get them out. With the sales from these items, and continued patronage with these villages, the family members (mostly women) learn skills that allow them to support their children… and we in turn actually do a small good in the world. What could be better than that!
I am so very proud to have both his work and all the amazing woven items available for people to view together in the Gallery, allowing everyone a glimpse into their way of life and to actually have a chance to own something authentically Tibetan..