Olivia and Fred have just returned home from their journey through Asia and she has this to say about her last few stops in Tibet:
In Tibet I saw the greatest impact. One day we stopped on the side of the road for a quick break where a few families were selling items to stopping tourists. Given our distance from the capital and the difficulty in obtaining visas, they rarely saw visitors. One of my friends translated what I wanted to give to a lady I spotted with children.
Suddenly a family of four, plus grandparents, huddled together with beaming smiles.
They were ecstatic. I quickly took their photo and waited for it to develop. Meanwhile, another family gathered and waved me over. Though there were not many families to photograph, the small impact on a few people was huge. Others came to see their photos, and were filled with just as much excitement. We certainly were not the typical visitors. Some of my friends made balloon animals for the kids, then we left just as suddenly as we arrived.
The last person I photographed was way up in the mountains, probably around 14,000ft. We stopped the car and I gave a couple a photo. When I turned around there was a beautiful old man watching me, the strange blond foreigner, standing in the middle of his field and taking pictures of other people. Suddenly my heart tugged and I realized I needed to spend my last photo of this man. I have no idea how old he was, but I just had the sense that his family would like to have a photograph of him. He may have been in his eighties. I took his picture then stood with him as we watched it develop. He was delighted.
Again, thank you so much for this opportunity.”
We Thank You Olivia, for giving photos, not just taking them.
All of the photos from her trip are compliments of Olivia Perry-Smith.