“Adventure can be described as a journey. Real adventure is self-motivated, self-determined, and often risky. It allows you to experience the world firsthand. You will see the world as it is and not how you imagine it. You will witness your body collide with the ground. You will feel the need to confront both the infinite kindness and the inhumane cruelty of humanity. This will transform you. This will change your life.
This project was based on photos from the Annapurna Circuit trek. It highlights personal yoga practice with a Nepali instructor and guide, with the majestic Himalayas of Nepal as the background.
As the second-best season to trek the Himalayas, I’ve been to Nepal in spring. Spring in Nepal promises mild weather, clean, fragrant air and beautiful mountain views. Surprised, the high temperatures in the valleys contrasted strongly with the ice, snow, and temperature dropping below zero at higher altitudes. I brought back images that showcased a variety of stunning Nepalese landscapes.
My guide on the trek through Lower Mustang turned out to be a yoga instructor, and I chose the spot to photograph a portrait photography project. The Nepali people are exceptional. They radiate kindness, generosity, and a smile. After spending the night in a tiny, neat room with a stunning view, I was taken to the lodge’s roof early in the morning, overlooking the valley and small village. This location was perfect for a yoga session. I used the only available light and had a simple setup. I was very satisfied with the quality of the light, its intensity, and its direction. I had to get to it quickly before the sun rose and cast harsh shadows to capture the best images.
I was able to shoot in all directions while keeping the roof’s edge reference. Therefore, the yoga images have three backgrounds. Each one is unique and different.
After some initial editing, I created a series of photos showing a sequence by Karnesh of yoga asanas, with a few close-ups.
Then, while browsing through many landscape photos taken on the trip, I came across an image of a waterfall. I immediately connected the vertical water cascade to one of the yoga images showing Adho Mukha Vrksasana, a handstand. This was the starting point of my project. These two images were paired together, and I went through all photos from Nepal to find other visual similarities.
This story was created in black and white. It unifies the material’s look and feels and allows you to concentrate on the form and texture without the distraction of color. The rugged beauty of the landscape is reflected in black and white.
Once I had clarified the project’s vision, I was able slowly to begin the “matching”. I wanted a varied but consistent set of images and was playing with both conceptual and visual links.
The portrait of the yogi in Padmasana (lotus position) is still, focused, and symmetrical. It is strongly associated with the portrait of the dark mountain rising from the clouds. Conceptually, the image of majestic eagles flying in the sky is linked with the image of the yogi performing Bakasana while in a crow pose.
Adobe Lightroom is all you need for editing. I kept my editing simple by using Adobe Lightroom to make all adjustments to my RAW files. RAW files were the best option for me, so I didn’t need to import them into Photoshop. RAW allows me maximum flexibility and allows me to work in a non-destructive manner.
I started with the removal of chromatic aberrations using the Lens Corrections Lightroom tab.