“Karma – The sum of a person’s actions in this and in previous states of existence…Viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” In other words: “what goes around comes around” – Going full circle.
This word and its meaning, carry special weight in Réhahn’s journey as a photographer. What starts as a smile and a click of a camera, leads to the communication of souls.
The Precious Heritage Collection by Réhahn
Réhahn has spent the last 10 years photographing Vietnamese people in their natural habitats. His love for photography has taken him to more than 35 countries but he’s settled in Hội An, cental Vietnam, with his family. Réhahn has already met nearly 40 Vietnamese ethnic groups in the past 5 years alone. Travelling and taking photos of these colourfully diverse ethnic groups, and having a family of his own has made him think more deeply about the value of heritage.
When the world thinks of Vietnam we might think this country has endured so much hardship that surely it doesn’t feature on the ‘Happiness Richter Scale’. With its complex history and often mysterious culture, it’s easy to think the people here might be too sad inside to be considered a smiling nation. Like many others I’m sure, before coming to this country, all that was known to me about Vietnam was what I had seen through the eyes of the media. All the movies I’d ever seen were about the war. Therefore, it might come as a surprise to most to discover Vietnam was ranked fifth on the Happy Planet Index and second in the Asia Pacific region. Characterized by its tropical forests and mountains, Vietnam has a strikingly low Ecological Footprint. It also has an impressive average life expectancy compared to other countries.
Source – http://happyplanetindex.org/countries/vietnam
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