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