TAPSA 2017 Gallery by Priska Seisenbacher

About Priska Seisenbacher and the submission

It seems difficult to find exceptionally remote places, while the touristification of so many places in the world, is in progress. There are many locations that have been far off the known hotspots not long ago. For me it is a passion in my last years as a traveler and photographer to explore such places of interest to me, because I think there are some untold stories to find. So, for me that is the main reason to visit regions and countries like India, Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan time after time. No wonder that I am fascinated by photographers like Timothy Allen or Roland and Sabrina Michaud, who tell so many untold stories with their photography.

Of course it is somehow a paradox to look for the vast of the world and to find that in the isolation of little areas like Afghanistan’s Pamir or India’s Arunachal Pradesh. I am not really keen on trekking but still I have been next to the Hindukush two times and had to travel a long time on foot, to get to the Kyrgyz minority of Afghanistan’s Pamir. Trekking is just the manner of getting to your destination. The most prominent things I am interested in are the people, their cultures and their living conditions.

My winning portfolio includes some photos of Arunachal Pradesh which is far in the northeast of India at the border to China. Until today it is not officially accepted by China, that Arunachal belongs to India, while the different tribes there feel as Indian citizens. But of course, this part of India is not how everybody else would think of what India is. The people are proud about their local traditions and ceremonies. One example is the engagement ceremony. Also, their cultural richness can be observed in the traditional huts made of bamboo on the one hand, and on the other modern India with television and a poster of a BJP politician. Another part of my portfolio focuses on the Wakhis and their traditional pamiri houses as well as the Kyrgyz and their traditional yurts of Afghanistan. Beside burqa and terror a different Afghanistan can be seen in all the colorful clothes, the traditional embroideries and the expressive faces of the women there.

Priska Seisenbacher