Dépaysement Exhibition: Nancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston
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United States
Photographer Bio

Nancy Johnston was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After college, she traveled to Europe and lived for a time in England and Sweden, then returned to the US where she settled in Los Angeles.

An avowed introvert with a desire to immerse herself in other cultures, photography became a way to interact with people and the environment. Photography speaks to part of our human nature – the desire to share what we find beautiful and interesting with other people. It became a tool that put her in a position to actively engage with the world, not with a common spoken language, but with a language of emotions.

Photography also forces a focus on the present moment; shapes, colors, textures, people, and looking at the world in a way that allows one to capture the beauty of a moment. And in that moment, even the introvert becomes a participant.

Submission Information

With the majestic Himalayas, colorful and chaotic cities, charming hillside villages, sacred temples and a jungle teeming with wildlife, Nepal is a vibrant country. For centuries, Nepal has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation.

Between two powerful neighbors, India and China, sits the country of Bhutan, quietly protecting its culture and traditions. Until recently, the Kingdom of Bhutan has been shrouded in mist and mystery. Now, as the country and its people emerge from isolation, it has become a place of pilgrimage for those who want to witness first hand a country focused on the spiritual and emotional well being of its people.


Blue Boats in Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Boatman in Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal

Candles in Boudhanath, Nepal
Monk at Boudhanath, Nepal

Candles and cup in Nepal
Colors at Pashupatinath, Nepal
Faux Sadhus at Pashupatinath, Nepal

Construction in Bandipur, Nepal
Mother and child in Bandipur, Nepal
Monk in Pharping, Nepal

Man at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan
Monk’s Shoes at Dumtse Lhakhang, Bhutan

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