Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Over 600 Truth Booth portraits and counting!

The  tour of Afghanistan is close to wrapping up with only one more stop in Kabul now, so we should get over 700. Not all are usable, but it's still far more than we expected to get and some are just stunning. Now the challenge is getting them all translated and subtitled, which is a task far greater (and expensive!) than we had planned. We have only a few completed so far... and it has taken all our extra time. If anyone knows how to help (fluency in Dari and Pashto (and English) essential), please contact!

It's a Good School, Don't Waste Your Time

The Truth is I have been working in the school for twelve years from Ryan Alexiev on Vimeo.

Please Let Your Daughters Go to School

The Truth is school is a place to gain knowledge from Ryan Alexiev on Vimeo.

We are Farmers

The Truth is we are farmers from Ryan Alexiev on Vimeo.

Absolute Truth

We were able to get permission to set up the Truth Booth right at the base of the Buddha which was dynamited by the Taliban in 2001. It was the largest Buddha sculpture in the world at 175 ft and took 100 years to build between the 4th and 5th centuries. Bamyan, which lay on the ancient silk road, was at the time the epicenter of Buddhism and housed over 4,000 pilgrims in the tunnels and caves around the sculpture. Buddhism first spread west to here, then east to China.

The Afghan Autumn Collection

We had to bump up our style (and disguises) in Afghanistan so we got fitted with some Afghan casual wear (the ubiquitous Shalwar Kameez) in Mazar-i-Sharif. This was our tailor who hooked us up!

A Hasty Retreat

An abandoned decades–old Soviet tank in a field of sunflowers, Bamyan, Afghanistan.

Stopping Traffic

Young Bamyanis

Giggles from Bamyan