Mutual Curiosity

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by Nathan Bender

Every year on the eight day of the fourth lunar month, the people of Kangding in China's western Sichuan province gather to commemorate the birthday of the Buddha, Sakyamuni, with a lavish display of song, dance, and prayer. As a social scientist and photographic ethnographer conducting a project that explores the nuances of spiritual tourism in rural China, I've often found my research subjects just as curious of me as I am of them. Such was the case with these dancers who were more than willing to trade photograph opportunities with me.

Location: Town of Kangding, Sichuan Province, China


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