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Newsletter August 2015

On April 25th 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Nepal causing widespread damage and devastating loss of life. I lived in Nepal for over three years and during that time I often talked with friends about the consequences of an earthquake as it was widely considered high risk. Now it’s happened, help will be needed for years to rebuild and put in place measures to safeguard against any earthquakes for future generations. Nepal's tourism industry is vital to its economy so it's crucial that people start returning to Nepal and enjoying the wonders of the Himalayas and the wonderful Nepali people, who are ready to share their amazing country with you again.

In October 2014 I was in Nepal to photograph the Langtang region. This valley has suffered a huge landslide as a result of the earthquake and the village of Langtang has been completely destroyed. Hundreds of people lost their lives and hundreds more lost their homes. This is the one and only trekking region in Nepal which remains closed. We started the trek in the less visited Tamang Heritage region which is a culturally rich area. We then crossed into Langtang and walked back to Kathmandu via the Laurebina La and the holy lakes at Gosainkund.

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Past issues...

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015 In November I travelled to Nepal on assignment for The North Face to cover the first full South African expedition to Ama Dablam. The conditions this year were even more challenging than usual with a particularly large amount of snow on the mountain. The team were forced to wait a long time before they could attempt the summit, but eventually their patience paid off and three of them reached the top.


NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015
In November I travelled to Nepal on assignment for The North Face to cover the first full South African expedition to Ama Dablam. The conditions this year were even more challenging than usual with a particularly large amount of snow on the mountain. The team were forced to wait a long time before they could attempt the summit, but eventually their patience paid off and three of them reached the top.

NEWSLETTER JUNE 2013 In April when the climbing expeditions arrived at Everest Base Camp, what was previously one of the most desolate places on earth transformed into a festive sprawl of multi-coloured tents and prayer flags. A total of sixty-five expeditions built their home on the glacier this year catering for well over a 1000 climbers. However, weeks before any of the climbers arrived, the Sherpas were already there building the camp. They also build a shrine to give Puja (prayers) to the mountain. When I arrived on April 19th the weather quickly changed and clear skies washed over white. The whole of Base Camp had been dusted in a thin layer of snow and adopted a stark beauty which I had not seen before.


NEWSLETTER JUNE 2013
In April when the climbing expeditions arrived at Everest Base Camp, what was previously one of the most desolate places on earth transformed into a festive sprawl of multi-coloured tents and prayer flags. A total of sixty-five expeditions built their home on the glacier this year catering for well over a 1000 climbers. However, weeks before any of the climbers arrived, the Sherpas were already there building the camp. They also build a shrine to give Puja (prayers) to the mountain. When I arrived on April 19th the weather quickly changed and clear skies washed over white. The whole of Base Camp had been dusted in a thin layer of snow and adopted a stark beauty which I had not seen before.

NEWSLETTER MAY 2012 Colour carries huge significance in Rajasthan and permeates all aspects of daily life. The Turban is the iconic head dress of Rajasthani men and comes in a wide variety of colours and styles which reflect the different regions, professions and caste (class system). India is modernising fast and as younger generations move into the cities looking for work, some of the these traditions are gradually being abandoned. I spent two weeks in remote parts of Rajasthan where these ancient practises are still very much a vibrant way of life.


NEWSLETTER MAY 2012
Colour carries huge significance in Rajasthan and permeates all aspects of daily life. The Turban is the iconic head dress of Rajasthani men and comes in a wide variety of colours and styles which reflect the different regions, professions and caste (class system). India is modernising fast and as younger generations move into the cities looking for work, some of the these traditions are gradually being abandoned. I spent two weeks in remote parts of Rajasthan where these ancient practises are still very much a vibrant way of life.

NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2011 By far the most challenging assignment I've ever taken on; in June this year I spent three weeks travelling in rural Afghanistan. The goal was to capture natural portraits of people's everyday working lives. I travelled to the Panjshir valley near Kabul and north to Bamiyan, the infamous valley where the Taliban destroyed the ancient Buddhas. I also went west to Herat where I photographed Pashtun nomads. I have now completed photography assignments for ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) in eight countries throughout the Himalayan region. I am currently working on a coffee-table book which will bring all these projects together and showcase the theme of 'Life in the Himalayas'.


NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2011
By far the most challenging assignment I've ever taken on; in June this year I spent three weeks travelling in rural Afghanistan. The goal was to capture natural portraits of people's everyday working lives. I travelled to the Panjshir valley near Kabul and north to Bamiyan, the infamous valley where the Taliban destroyed the ancient Buddhas. I also went west to Herat where I photographed Pashtun nomads. I have now completed photography assignments for ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) in eight countries throughout the Himalayan region. I am currently working on a coffee-table book which will bring all these projects together and showcase the theme of 'Life in the Himalayas'.

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2011 On assignment for ICIMOD I spent three weeks in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a fascinating region of Bangladesh. Connected to the Himalayas and unlike the rest of Bangladesh, the culture is more closely linked to neighbouring India and Myanmar. 


NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2011
On assignment for ICIMOD I spent three weeks in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a fascinating region of Bangladesh. Connected to the Himalayas and unlike the rest of Bangladesh, the culture is more closely linked to neighbouring India and Myanmar.