Meditations on Tibet

Photography by Greg Hale

Greg Hale is a photographer who splits his time between New York City and Park City, Utah. Meditations on Tibet is a collection of images of portraits, landscapes, temple interiors and sacred architecture that Mr. Hale shot during a five week journey through Tibet in 2004. Over the course of the trip, he spent time in the cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse, visiting a number of sacred sites including Samye, Tashilhungpo and Pachu monasteries and the Kumbum Stupa. He then traveled overland to camp on the outskirts of the remote village of Karta on the edge of the Himalayas, and finally took a long trek into the Himalayas to Petang Ringma, the lesser utilized of Tibet’s two base camps for climbing Mt. Everest.

Mr. Hale has been pursuing photography on a full time basis since 2003. He currently studies portraiture with Frank Stewart, the senior photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has also studied extensively at the International Center for Photography. Mr. Hale continues to shoot most of his work on film, using Contax 6x4.5 medium format and Leica 35mm cameras. He shoots primarily in black & white. He has recently begun scanning his negatives into digital files, and printing digitally with Adobe Photoshop, as he can achieve more precise results from this process than with conventional silver gelatin printing. Mr. Hale’s other projects include portraits, landscapes and temples from Laos and Bhutan; landscapes from Yellowstone and Grand Teton; abstracts and landscapes from the slot canyons of the desert southwest; and New York City street portraits, focusing on artists and musicians

Mr. Hale has partnered with the Tibetan Aid Project as a sponsor of several exhibitions. In so doing, the artist hopes to convey the beauty of the Tibetan landscape, the devotion of the Tibetan people, and the timelessness of Tibet’s temple interiors and sacred architecture, while at the same time raising awareness of the Tibetan Aid Project’s mission to preserve the Tibetan culture.

Statue with Sacred Texts :: Pachu Monastery - Gyantse, Tibet Altar Bowls :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Altar Room with Three-Faced Buddha :: Pachu Monastery - Gyantse, Tibet Maitreya, Buddha of the Future :: Tashilhungpo Monastery - Shigatse, Tibet
Tenzing Norgay’s Nephew :: Karta, Tibet Chomolungma (Mt. Everest) :: approach to Petang Ringma, Tibet Harvest :: near Shegar, Tibet Farmhouse :: Karta, Tibet
Hanging Thanka :: Ani Gompa - Lhasa, Tibet Farm Girls with Baskets :: Karta, Tibet Roadside Stupa and Prayer Wheels :: near Gyantse, Tibet Pachu Monastery :: Gyantse, Tibet
Old Growth Forest :: Kama Chu Valley, Tibet Monk and Kumbum Stupa :: Gyantse, Tibet Monks In Meditation :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Buddha Wall :: Gyantse, Tibet
Prayer Flags :: Langma La (17,500 ft.)<br />above Lundrubling, Tibet Rock Sculpture below Chomolonzo Ridge :: Petang Ringma, Tibet Potala Palace :: Lhasa, Tibet Interior Courtyard :: Norbulinka - Lhasa, Tibet
Reflection :: Tso Karpo Valley of the Lakes, Tibet Trees in Mist :: Sakyetang, Tibet Wall Detail :: Potala Palace - Lhasa, Tibet Butterlamps and Incense :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet
Local Family :: Karta, Tibet Soto, Park Ranger and Guide :: Shrine at Guru Rinpoche’s Cave above Tse Chu (Long Life Spring), Tibet Rock Landscape :: near Shugrim Tso (Long Lake), Tibet Prayer Wheels :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet
Sunlight and Incense :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Altar and Offerings :: Shrine in Guru Rinpoche’s Cave above Tse Chu (Long Life Spring), Tibet Wall Mural :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet  


Beyond the beliefs of any religion, there is the truth of the human spirit.

Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart.

-- Tarthang Tulku