Tibetans in exile : 1st – 30th November 2016

Tsering Topgyal

How far is that home you haven’t been to in 20 years and you don’t know if you ever will? At tender age I was sent to India. Little did I know then that the memories of my time at home would have to last me a lifetime and in the eyes of my aging parents, I’d forever be that small boy.

Many Tibetans have made this fateful journey into exile. We all miss family and home at times and try to reach the reality of the past that has become memories with the passage of time. Sometimes, memories and feelings find strange ways to exile too. Time may heal a thousand wounds, but it can hardly find one a substitute for home and family. Even so, the stories of people and their survival through this journey have always inspired in me a great awe. What keeps us connected to our distant homes? What keeps our love alive?

My friend said, Choephel said, “The great tragedy of my life is not being separated from my family but being separated from the sensibility of missing them after living without them for decades.”

This photo essay is my attempt for searching the meaning of love, lost, home and separation for myself and for my fellow Tibetans who made that similar journey and what lies ahead for all of us.

 

20년 가까이 돌아갈 수 없었고 앞으로 평생 갈 수 있을지 조차 모르는 고향이 당신에게 얼마나 멀게 느껴지는가? 과거 유년기의 나는 인도로 보내졌었다. 많은 티베트 사람들이 유배되어 이 길을 걸었다. 우리 모두 가족과 집을 그리워하며, 이제는 기억 속에서 밖에 존재하지 않는 과거에 닿기 위해 노력한다. 나의 친구 Choephel은 “삶에 있어서 가장 큰 비극은 가족과 떨어져 있다는 사실이 아니라, 그러한 그들을 그리워하는 감정조차 느끼지 못한다는 것”이라고 말했었다. 이 사진 에세이는 나와 비슷한 과거를 겪고 같은 길을 걸어갈 티벳인들을 위해 사랑, 상실감, 고향, 이별에 대한 의미를 찾아 주려는 나의 노력이 담겨있다.

Tsering Topgyal is a Tibetan photographer based in Delhi. He is currently working with the Associated Press, New Delhi. He was born in Tibet but grew up an exile in India.  He received his education from a Tibetan school in Dharamsala, India. He wishes to return to Tibet and be part its world someday.

He was one of the winning photographers of Magnum 30 under 30 for 2015. He was also one of the participants whose works were privileged reviews at the Third Annual New York Port Folio Review, 2015.

His works regularly appear in the internationally acclaimed publications like The New York Times, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, etc.

20년 가까이 돌아갈 수 없었고 앞으로 평생 갈 수 있을지 조차 모르는 고향이 당신에게 얼마나 멀게 느껴지는가? 나의 친구 Choephel은 “삶에 있어서 가장 큰 비극은 가족과 떨어져 있다는 사실이 아니라, 그러한 그들을 그리워하는 감정조차 느끼지 못한다는 것”이라고 말했었다. 이 사진 에세이는 나와 비슷한 과거를 겪고 같은 길을 걸어갈 티벳인들을 위해 사랑, 상실감, 고향, 이별에 대한 의미를 찾아 주려는 나의 노력이 담겨있다.

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