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Himalayan Diary…

Old Manali – Himachal Pradesh, INDIA – July 2012

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When visiting India you can always expect a few surprises along the way. Something unexpected will happen, guaranteed! Usually there’s a valuable lesson to take away from the experience…

We arrived in Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh after a long, twisty turny and bumpy night on the sleeper bus from Delhi. Of course this was a small price to pay for the cool air and beauty of The Himalayas that greeted us. We’d taken over a secluded guesthouse a few k’s out of town. With views of snow-capped mountains, the valley below and the sound of the river rumbling below, what could be better… Tomorrow the students would arrive…

Early morning views from my room, Old Manali, India 2012

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I awoke to wonderful views and an odd feeling. I was coming down with Flu. What to do… the show must go on, right?! Soon the workshop would begin… 13 eager students were arriving from across India as well as 1 from Slovakia and 1 from Australia…So with black tea, lemon, ginger & honey and paracetamol, feeling pretty rough, the workshop begun… However as soon as i started engaging with the students, thinking and talking photography, everything seemed fine, whether mind over mater or  a sheer obsession with photography (probably both) we completed the first morning session. The students all went out to begin their projects and i took antibiotics and slept…

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in and out of class at workshop hq – Old Manali, Himachal Preadesh, INDIA 2012

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On day 3 Ismail Ferdous was our guest photographer and a nice addition to the workshop

Ismail from Bangladesh showed the class his excellent work on climate change in the Sundarbans and spoke about working on long-term projects. He also gave a fascinating presentation about assisting Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen on assignment for National Geographic. Ismail joined us for the rest of the workshop, his input was most welcome.

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CLASSWORK

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STUDENT WORK

MANALI WORKSHOP 

 

KASHISH PARPIANI

from ‘Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

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MADHU REDDY

from ‘Basura’

Madhu Reddy © from the essay ‘Basura’ – India 2012

Madhu Reddy © from the essay ‘Basura’ – India 2012

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SWASTIK PAL

fromFragmented’

Swastik Pal © from the essay ‘Fragmented’ – India 2012

Swastik Pal © from the essay ‘Fragmented’ – India 2012

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FULL FEATURE SOON ON EMAHO MAGAZINE

I can only share a few images from the workshop here, but soon EMAHO Exhibition will be running a feature on work created during the workshop.

It’s been difficult to make the selections for this blog post, which is limited by nature… I feel connected to all the essays…. so this is just an aperitif.

All the students pushed themselves hard and all produced work they can be proud of. Hopefully some will comment here and talk about the experience…

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JENNY HODGE

fromVillage Life’

Jenny Hodge © from the essay ‘Village Life’ – India 2012

Jenny Hodge © from the essay ‘Village Life’ – India 2012

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RAJ LALWANI

from ‘Here is Where it Was’

Raj Lalwani © from the series ‘Here is Where it Was’ – India 2012

Raj Lalwani © from the series ‘Here is Where it Was’ – India 2012

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ASHUTOSH DEV

from ‘Crossroads’

Ashutosh Dev © from the series ‘Crossroads’ – India 2012

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ANANT SRIVASTAVA

fromChanging Faces – Manali to Rohtang’

Anant Srivastava © from the essay ‘Changing Faces – Manali to Rohtang – India 2012

Anant Srivastava © from the essay ‘Changing Faces – Manali to Rohtang – India 2012

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Also i couldn’t complete this blog post without thanking Manik Katyal for all his efforts in co-producing the workshop and to the extraordinary Jana Zilcayova who not only was my digital assistant for the workshop but also made sure i got my medicine and helped keep the students fired up! and of course thanks to Bhanu Pratap Singh Rathore.

Jana took this shot one evening on a regional bus. I liked it the instant i saw it and thought it would be a nice way to end the blog post…

JANA ZILCAYOVA

Jana Zilcayova © Night bus from Kullu INDIA 2012

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