The opportunity to do a 10-day trek in Nepal was never something I imagined I would be able to do but this summer I did just that. The trek was very different from the treks I have seen images from—much hotter, going up and up on stairs, through hot forests filled with leeches, and rain. All of which makes for a great trek if you are ready for it. I expected tree-less expanses of rock, rock and more rock. I did get fantastic views of the Annapurna region of Nepal, saw a couple monkeys, lots of water buffalo, hike in the rain and under the hot sun, and sweated my way up the Nepali elevators (trails made of stone steps that just go straight up the hillside).
Just a few images from the trek.
Just returned from a 10 week adventure through parts of Greece and Italy. I took along some gouache and this is the result of some of that work. No better place I can think of for inspiration—everything around you is great subject matter.
After every abroad program I will put together all of my images from the trip into a book. I arrange the book in a chronological order and have at least 5-12 photos from each day. I end up with a book of over 300 pages as the trips are 15 weeks. The last trip was to Turkey and Greece in the fall of 2013 with 16 students from Principia College, one other faculty member and one resident counselor. We traveled from Istanbul down the western coast of Turkey to Bergamo and on to Selçuk. From there we took a ferry to the island of Samos, onto Santorini and Crete before taking a ferry up to the mainland. We spent time in Nafplio and Athens before flying back to the US. An amazing trip. From that came a book of photos and a book that tells the story of the 19 travelers who escaped from Prinopolis.
The books can be found at my blurb bookstore.
In July I headed off to Greece and Turkey to prepare for the next study abroad program. Greece as debating the latest EU proposal and the country was in the middle of a huge debate and country-wide vote on whether or not to accept the offer. The Oxi side won (the no votes) but little did it matter. The prime minister stepped down weeks later and the country had to step up and get busy finding a solution to their problems. The country feels like an odd mixture of progress and right next to something that is going well everything is falling apart. Turkey seems to be going up and up in all kinds of ways (not lately with the PKK “war” that the government is escalating) but with development of roads, cities and infrastructure. Greece feels frozen in time with a few exceptions. I would imagine if you could go back in time it might feel the same 2500 years ago. I am sure you could find someone 3000 years ago that would be worried that the whole thing is going straight to the dogs and the world was coming to an end. Yet it has stayed together and will continue to do so.