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5 October 2011 / leggypeggy

You can’t pass up a good advertising location

We'll never know what she's advertising.

The Potala Palace is the visual centrepiece of the old city in Lhasa, Tibet. For centuries it was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th one fled to India, after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959.

Today the palace is a museum and I always think of it as an extremely holy place in Tibet. But that doesn’t keep it from being a backdrop for an advertising campaign. We saw this model and the photographers making the most of the setting on the grass just in front of the palace. The model struck numerous poses—sitting, standing, reclining—and I’ll always wonder which version made the cut.

Pity you can’t see the product she’s holding. Pity too that they couldn’t arrange to have the grass mown before the photo shoot, but maybe the clover contributes to the message.

I’m writing another couple of entries about the palace (it took us two days to get tickets to get in), but I couldn’t resist sharing this image on it’s own.

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