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HKFP Lens: Rudmer Hoekstra explores life on the mountainous periphery of Tibet and Sichuan

Dutch photographer Rudmer Hoekstra has shared with HKFP his Tibetan-Sichuan photography series.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Hoekstra moved to Hong Kong about 12 years ago from the Netherlands and has been photographing Asia for the past nine years.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

His Tibetan-Sichuan photography series was taken in June 2018.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

The series was shot in Kham – a historical region overlapping the present-day Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Kham straddles the border between Tibet and Sichuan, and is known for its rugged terrain and sweeping gorges.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

The region of Kham has had a turbulent past, having been frequently encroached upon by Han Chinese in the east and Tibetans in the west.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

It currently falls under the administrative control of the People’s Republic of China, who gained power over the region in the 1950s following the defeat of the Kuomintang during the Chinese Civil War.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Rudmer Hoekstra Tibetan Western Sichuan

Photo: Rudmer Hoekstra.

Visit Hoekstra’s website here. Follow him on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.

HKFP Lens: Rudmer Hoekstra explores life on the mountainous periphery of Tibet and Sichuan