Just to follow up on my previous post of photos from my 1993 trip to Nepal. My camera kit in those day consisted of my Dad's Pentax K1000 and a 50mm f1.4 lens. For the non camera buffs among my readers, that's a totally manual film camera , no auto focus and no auto exposure modes. And a fixed lens that doesn't have any zoom capabilities. I took 11 rolls of film with me for around 4 weeks of travel, I came back with 280 well exposed photos.
I'm quite surprised at how many decent images I have, and a little bit stunned about how few photos that is in terms of the digital age, I can easily take that many photos in a couple of hours these days.
For me one of the most significant purposes of photography is reflection, for most people photography is about capturing a moment or a place that they are experiencing in the present. This can be very satisfying, I often feel there is something meditative in the act of photographing. But the real value of those images doesn't come until later when time has passed and emotions have mellowed. When you see that photo again it brings back something of that experience and it's in that moment, that we reflect on or life, our emotions, and value the memory of things lost or things retained of experiences that are part of our life journey .
Recently I followed the Facebook posts (amazing how communication technology has changed), of Tasmanian photographer Heath Holden as he travelled around the Khumbu region of Nepal, I completed a similar trip in 1993 as a teenager. My memories were jolted by Heath's photos and I had to go back and check my old photos to remember more clearly what I experienced, the process of reflection turned out to be more emotional than I expected.
A few of these images are below, if you check out Heath's photos you can see somethings have changed and other have not.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born