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Bhutan: Photographing Happiness

The Tourism Council of Bhutan invited Barry to photograph their country in December 2015. The goal was to not only capture their beautiful mountains, valleys, and urban areas, but also to create imagery demonstrating the principles behind Gross National Happiness–the emphasis of selfless service to others and the search for enlightenment–a core value of this unique Buddhist kingdom. Beneath the surface of Bhutan is a rich and diverse community of yak herders, nomadic and ancient village dwellers, as well as a complex royal and democratic government hierarchy, all overseen by scholars, gurus, rimpoches, high lamas and the most environmentally-conscious leadership in the world.

The project has transitioned to Shaffer presenting his first major fine-art publication, "Echoes of Bhutan". Published in Verona, Italy by IBS Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei, Designed by David Chickey and in cooperation with Radius Books, Santa Fe NM. It's official release was at the 2017 Telluride Mountain Film Festival; followed by book signing events at Los Angeles' Hennessey + Ingalls on June 17; and Arcana Books on June 24; followed by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art September 7, 2017; the Tibert House NYC October 20, 2017; and at the 2017 International Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thiempu, Bhutan.