So, have you heard of Bhutan? It's this tiny little nation in Asia, and it's sort of famous for being reputedly the happiest place on Earth. I'm not making this up: instead of measuring GDP, or "gross domestic product," like most countries do, Bhutan's government has a "Gross National Happiness" index, where quality of life and social progress is measured in more holistic terms.
I sort of love this.
Anyway, yesterday, the always-dapper and always-exceptional Caleb Gardner tweeted a link to this really fabulous project, "Balloons of Bhutan," where photographer Jonathan Harris created a "portrait of happiness of the last Himalayan kingdom." People, I got lost in this project. It is just so damned beautiful.
Seriously, set some time aside, grab a cup of tea, and go take a look.
Here's the artist's statement.
Here are their faces.
Here are their hands.
And here, God help me, are their voices.
Enjoy. And be happy.
Image: Welcome home flowers chosen for me by Alex. Photographed with my Nikon D300, 50mm lens. aperture 1.4, shutter speed 1/200, ISO 500