Last September, I spent a week in the Kathmandu valley researching and photographing for a Lonely Planet book on Nepal. These are some of the photographs from that shoot which do not feature in the book!
Smugmug (www.smugmug.com), the Mountain View based company, recently went in for a major revamp of their web sites for photographers. I have been using Smugmug now for the last three years and have been happy with their service and features.
The new Smugmug adds a number of new features and makes it possible to host pages (with or without photos). It took me about a month to revamp my web site but it is now up and running with the new features. There is still plenty left to be done and I will do the fine-tuning and tweaking over the next few weeks.
Pema’s Story or The Flight of the Ducks Pema Dhargyal is only one among over a
hundred-and-twenty thousand Tibetan refugees in exile across the world that
have fled their homeland in an effort to practice and conserve the Tibetan way
of life. Severely threatened by the increasing Sinicization of the Tibet
plateau, the immensely rich religion, language, culture, heritage, and unique
habitat of this peace-loving people today faces extinction. Perhaps its last
unthreatened traditional bastions remain in the Indian Himalayas, and in
settlements in Bhutan and Nepal, while a Tibetan Government-in-Exile struggles
to cohesively function from a hilltop called McLeodgunj in India.
The Tibet plateau and the contiguous high
altitude plateaus of the Indian and Nepal Himalayas lie on the flight path of
the migratory Brahminy or Ruddy Shell ducks. The glacial lakes of these regions
are home to this endangered species in the summer months where they
mysteriously dwell in solitary pairs in the icy waters, giving birth to their
young before flying further afield.
An integral participant in the fragile
ecosystem that sustains these freezing plateaus, the Brahminy duck is today as
threatened by shifting political and cultural agenda in the region as is the
larger habitat, wild life, and indigenous human population of the Tibet
plateau. Pema’s Story or The Flight of
the Ducks is a multi-layered narrative in the tradition of animal tales
from the region that draws a parallel between the flight of the endangered
Brahminy ducks and that of the Tibetan refugees. The work consists of eight
panels, each traditionally designed as an interactive wooden box with a sliding
lid carved with the eight Tibetan lucky signs intimate with the life and
teachings of the Buddha.
Title: Pema’s Story or The Flight
of the Ducks
(Set of 8)
& serigraphy on paper, serigraphy on acrylic sheet, and hand-cut wooden box
Sometimes when walking on an Himalayan trail, we are mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the mountains. The enormous peaks, fluted ridges, ice buttresses and snowy summits are often too spectacular to be true! Their changing colours and hues at sunrise and sunset are a treat for the eyes! So we often forget the little things which lie closer to us - in the forest, near a stream, by a rock, near a waterfall and on the mountain side. This is a selection of photographs of the "Little Things" which we tend to forget!