Photo Workshop: Following the Gurung trails, Nepal

August 1st, 2011


Following the Gurung trails, Nepal – Images by Jerome Lorieau

Travel & documentary Trek and Photo Workshop
Following the Gurung trails between Buddha Himal and Ganesh Himal

The Gurungs, who were originally a nomadic Tibetan-Burmese people, arrived in the Gandaki region of Nepal. They mainly survived by herding animals, walking from one valley to another along the Himalayan mountain range. Surrounded by some of the highest sacred mountains on earth, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal and Machapuchar, they have since built villages throughout the remote areas of the Gorkha district, keeping their traditions alive through Shamanistic and Buddhist culture. To connect their villages to each other and to carry out their daily occupations, they have built a large path network used for decades by porters carrying and delivering goods, villagers going to cultivate the land, teenagers on their way to collect wood, children going to school, and shepherds leaving the villages for a few weeks to take their animals to new pastures. For most of the people living in this part of Nepal, it is also a way to communicate with each other and to have news from other villages when they pass on a trail.

During our exploration of the Gorkha district we will follow some of the less travelled trails used by many generations of Gurung people, experiencing their environment while discovering their villages and people. Between majestic mountains and great valleys, we will capture the colours of the paddy fields and millet fields. Through portraiture and snapshots of life, we will capture the life of shepherds while walking through high grazing fields. In the late afternoon, we will warm ourselves with a cup of Nepalese tea or refresh ourselves with a beer in traditional Gurung homes. We will walk along the Himalayan range following two of the highest mountains on earth, Buddha Himal and Ganesh Himal. From Barpak, looking at the sun rising over Buddha Himal and capturing its beautiful warm colour is a wonderful feeling. From Gumda, the sunset over Ganesh Himal is a must too. We will wander the streets of the beautiful village of Laprak, a special place for me, to go to meet the Gurung people before slowly going down the valley and following the powerful and sacred river of Budhi Gandaki.

This workshop is for photographers who have a keen interest in travel and documentary photography and who want to progress in this area. The aim is to practice photography through the understanding of composition, light, colour, awareness of a place and culture of its people, while capturing moments of everyday life. The goal is that each photographer will develop his or her own vision of the world. The workshop’s angle is not technical, although I will answer any technical questions. However, it is important that you already know how to use your camera and that you have basic knowledge in practising photography.

As we will be a small group, I will be able to watch you work and give you individual attention. You will be free to ask me as many questions as you want. During the day, whilst I will leave you free to follow your inspiration, I will give you my best advice, tips and recommendations (on how to shoot documentary photos, understanding composition, portraiture, colours and textures and all things related to photography). Every night, we will also review and critique a selection of pictures taken during the day.

Organised professionally by a team of enthusiast Nepalese people, with 15 years experience in the trekking industry, we will be guided by an English speaking local guide from the area.
I will also share my own experience of the area and some of the villages. I have done this particular trek before and in 2011, I walked again through the area before staying two weeks on my own in the village of Laprak as part as my project about the Gurung people.

This trek promises to be a wonderful journey in term of the beauty of the landscapes, the splendour of its mountains and above all, the kindness and generosity of its people. From the experience of this journey, I am sure you will want to explore more further the Nepalese beauty.

Throughout our adventure we will have many opportunities to take pictures, both of the fantastic surrounding environment and the people we encounter. Our aim will be to capture the essence of each of the places through its people.

Gurung woman, at work, harvesting beans, Laprak, Gorkha district (Copyright: Jerome Lorieau) Utter Singh Gurung in his shop, former indian army officer, Laprak (Copyright: Jerome Lorieau)

Date: 27 March – 5 April 2012
Price: £1100 (approx. $1800/1250€) per person

This workshop is limited to three people in order that I can give you individual attention. With a limited number of people, we will be able to achieve the aim of this workshop while having fun by sharing our own stories. The goal is also to enjoy ourselves as part of a small group.

Price includes:

A trek organised by a Nepalese professional team working in the area for 15 years.
Porters and a professional guide (English speaking) originally from the area.
My advice and my experience during the day from morning to the evening talk.
Sleeping & food during the trek.
More information available on request.

Price does not include:

Transport (flight, taxi, buses in Kathmandu)
Nepalese visa
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Travel & equipment insurances
More information available on request.

Please contact me through the request form in order to get more information about this great opportunity to both enjoy a trek and a photo workshop in Nepal.

Payment:

Payment will be made through Paypal request or bank transfer.

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