A few years ago, I had to cancel my trip in Ladakh for family reasons, just after arriving in Leh. Since then, I kept somewhere in my mind the idea of coming back to “the land of the high passes” and learn more about the people that inhabit this unwelcoming landscape. Ladakh being quite vast, I had to decide which place I would dedicate my trekking month to. After discussing about it with Zanskari friends, Zanskar it became! Read More →
It has been pouring with rain since the early morning in the little town of Bimthang, in the Manaslu Conservation Area, where I’m writing these notes. Monsoon has been looming over us for a while, transforming the summits I wanted to photograph into cloud magnets. Eventually, the dreaded bringer of rain has arrived, just one day after we crossed Larke pass, probably one of the most fulfilling day on this trek. Read More →
My pants are still too large. The few days spent in Kathmandu were clearly not enough to catch up on fat, but if I want to get a chance to photograph Buddha’s birthday’s celebration in a remote Buddhist village of the Tsum valley, I have to go now. From the town of Soti Khola, three long days of walk in the heat of the jungle will lead us to Chumling, the first village of the Tibetan inhabited valley. Read More →
After a failed attempt to reach Makalu base camp, I was afraid of what could happen on the way to Kanchenjunga south and north base camps. Situated at the east of Nepal and bordering with Sikkim, India, Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. This of course sounds attractive for someone in love with the mountains like me. However, it’s just next to Makalu and so far the weather kept on being nasty. What will I find there ? Will I also end up going back without seeing the mountain I would have struggled for ? Read More →
Often do photographic opportunities show up when you expect them the least. Being able to recognize and seize these opportunities is an important part of our photographic journey and a competence one can acquire quickly while traveling by simply being observant and open at anytime. When Lost Earth Adventures and I agreed to cooperate on documenting the Makalu base camp trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, I only had a rudimentary idea of what I would experience there. The trek being far less trodden than its counterparts in the Annapurna or Everest regions, the amount of information available was low, which is one of the reasons it caught my attention.
I see photography as a tool of personal expression. So why do we have this tendency to copy each others work? Of course, it’s always comforting to know that we’re able to reproduce a photograph we admire, but then why show it to the world if it doesn’t represent what we saw? Isn’t it more rewarding to create something on our own, something that represents us? Or at least try to? Read More →
It is hard to be conscious of what is happening around you when after hours of research you finally found an interesting subject to photograph. To focus on your subject is the right attitude to adopt as it is the only way you can make the photograph you’ve been dreaming of, but it remains important to sometimes re-connect with your surroundings, if only for a few seconds. Read More →