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 →
Following the recent earthquakes that shook Nepal a few days ago, I started a campaign to raise funds in order to help the survivors through Karuna-Shechen organization. This operation has been launched but was approximate, a bit panicked, because I knew that I had to be fast if I wanted to be able to raise funds for such an event. When I launched this campaign, I contacted my friend Cindy Jeannon asking her if she would join by also giving away one of her prints. From there was born a short but well packaged project that, unfortunately, will not see the light of day. These words are hers and will shed light on it. Read More →
Last Saturday, while browsing my facebook timeline, I saw a message from my friend Suzan : “We are safe but many people died and big houses fell down in Kathmandu” along with a photograph of the kids of his orphanage and his family outside. They spent the following nights there, under a sole canvas sheet, as many other people did in Nepal, … maybe the “luckiest” of them considering what happened.
It is still hard to me to realise what has just happened. Among my travel experiences, Nepal was the place that made me evolve the most as a human being. The kindness and respect of the people I met and shared precious moments with, be they from the city or the countryside, rich or poor, transformed me.
So in these hard times I want to give back something to them. That’s why I decided to raise funds. The concept is simple: buy a fine art print of one of my photographs of Nepal from the blog, the facebook page or even the portfolio. The integrality of the benefits will then be transferred to Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organisation founded by Matthieu Ricard, and directed towards their relief efforts to help earthquake victims in Nepal.
Do not hesitate to spread the word. I hope that we will be many to support this cause, be it through this print concept or by giving directly to the concerned organisations (which you’ll find a non-exhaustive list here). Only the result matters.
Thanks so much for your help!
Some people may disagree with me, but I don’t think shooting all the time is the best way to improve our vision. It’s quite a recurrent advice though and I agree that the more we shoot, the more our skills will improve — to some extent. However, I do think it is sometimes important to forget about the camera and let our mind breathe and focus on something different. Read More →