Local photographer captures Tibet's vanishing cultureBy Caitlin Rockett
John Birchak’s eyes well with tears as he speaks about his first days in Tibet — three days in the sacred city of Lhasa, often spent watching Buddhist devotees walk wellworn paths around and around and around monasteries on Barkhor Street. “During those three days it was absolutely bliss to be in the old Barkhor,” Birchak says. “There are all these street vendors out in front of the buildings, and every morning and every evening there was this beautiful stream of people doing their daily kora, their daily walk, saying their prayers. You just had to step into this stream…” he pauses as the tears form, then he asks forgiveness.