I just created a new” film” depicting Ladakh and Zanskar. In July and August of 2013 I will be teaching a course on Visual Anthropology at Quest University Canada… well, the course is offered by Quest but the course will actually be taught in Ladakh and Zanskar. The course will teach students the use of cameras and video equipment such that they can create contemporary monographs attempting to bring a greater understanding to the human condition through the discipline of cultural anthropology.
I will bring to the process my 11 years of work with National Geographic to help guide the students to maximize their visual tools in the process of anthropological exploration.
This video provides a quick vision of what one can expect visiting this fascinating corner of the earth, virtually all of which, I might add, is above 11.000 feet of altitude.
The “film” was shot with the new Sony Nex cameras and lenses and edited using Final Cut X. Fantastic “tools” for anthropological work.
I find it fascinating to wander through my life-time of images. It is through these photographs which essentially measure my life and fundamentally define who I am.
One of the most exciting and interesting stories I did for the NGS was for the 100 year anniversary issue – Exploring the Earth. The National Geographic and the Boston Museum of Science invested 10 years in defining and creating commitments to allow the overflight of the top of the world and given that one-half of Everest is in China this was a touchy and difficult negotiation. I was lucky enough to have been the one to do the image making. Two aircraft were utilized: a Swiss Pilatus Porter turbine engined small plane, and a Lear Jet from Sweden that was especially outfitted for oblique image making as well as map making. The project was many months in the process and a fantastic experience. It was exciting and dangerous.