Finally getting a chance to go through images from the elephant safari I went on in Nepal. I’ve always been interested in elephants, so getting to ride one and feed them bananas was a lifetime highlight for me. I’ll be posting more of them soon, but this one caught my attention as I went through them.
I had a 20 hour layover in Singapore on my way home from Nepal and was lucky enough to have a contact willing to take me on a tour of the city. The highlight of the tour was Supertree Grove in Marina Bay. These trees vary in height with the tallest ones standing at 50 meters. At night they come alive with lights that change colors while pulsing to a music track. It is very impressive.
I apologize for the shaky video – I was literally walking back to my hotel to grab my bags and catch a ride to dinner and the airport. The flight home includes a 20 hour layover in Singapore, so I am doing a photowalk with some members of The Photographic Society of NUS. Really looking forward to it.
Harti the Rickshaw driver. As drove/rode me to my meeting, he honked a horn multiple times – as all vehicles do – only his was made out of a sprite bottle with a plastic horn taped to it. Sound great and was very practical use of easy to find items. I love thrifty people. Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepali
You can see the bottle above his right arm under the flower.
Nearing the end of my journey here in Nepal and taking a Rickshaw out to photograph and make my meeting.
A photograph of the photographer shooting a photograph of me, a photographer. We had to get passport photos in order to purchase local SIM cards for our phones. Shyam’s studio was better equipped and took better photos than we would’ve got from Walgreens. He then let me shoot a portrait of him – he even slipped his wireless trigger onto my Fuji X-Pro1 so I could fire his strobes for the shot.
While he worked on filling out the paperwork and setting up our SIM cards, his little daughter kept coming in and out of the half door he had created to get from his studio to his front desk area. She was shy, but slowly warmed up to us and started playing “peek-a-boo” from behind the desk.
My goal is to get a small thumb drive and take him the files later in the week when we return to Kathmandu. Even these little moments with people can be special if we make the effort to be interested and engage in their lives.
— at Kathmandu, Nepal
Getting my gear in order for a work trip to Nepal next week.
Life is not easy for Maasai women in Kenya. While the men tend to their herd of animals, the women care for the children, cook meals, and build the homes they live in. For Susan, the last three years have been even more difficult after her husband passed away. I met Susan in Kimana, Kenya while the Operation Blessing team was doing surveys of the families in the community who benefit from their school and agriculture program. After hearing her story, I spent two days with her family learning more and about their life and the impact of Operation Blessing’s work on their family. Susan and her children were a real joy to be around and we shared a lot of laughs and great moments together. This video shares a little bit of her story and some of the difficulties they face and are beginning to overcome.
You can also see what their life is like through the eyes of her daughter, Naresiah, in my previous post.
Click here to watch it.