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Local photographer captures life in the Himalayas

When trekking snowy passes through the towering Himalayas, Craig Lovell has many considerations on his mind: the altitude, the elements and the life of his camera batteries.

The world-traveling photographer is hosting a photo slideshow and calendar signing tonight at his Carmel Valley studio.

The presentation depicts a 2009 trip to Nepal when Lovell, 56, and his wife and son traveled around Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.

Lovell, who has documented people and wildlife on every continent except Antarctica, has special ties to Nepal. His wife, Christine Kolisch, lived there for 12 years before they met. She travels to the country annually for her Carmel Valley store, Cheppu From Himalaya, which features clothing and handicrafts from Nepal and Tibet.

"We have a lot of friends and are connected there," Lovell said. "It's sort of like going home."

The country also offers Lovell a richness of potential subjects for his work photographing indigenous cultures.

"There are 80 different tribal groups in Nepal," he said. "As you travel in different regions, you're constantly meeting different groups of people with different traditions."

Lovell has seen the country evolve since his first visit in 1986.

"These indigenous cultures have had to interface with globalization, the Maoist insurgency, a civil war," he said. "They went from a kingdom to a democracy and are still trying to sort all this out."

Some modern influences, like the spread of electricity to far-flung locations, are a boon to the traveling photographer. During his 2009 trip, Lovell was able to recharge his camera batteries in remote villages for the first time, thanks to small turbines on the banks of a river.

However, cultural identities are dissolving into the homogenized mix of globalization, he said.

"We're losing languages and traditions and wisdom, and even medicines," he said.

Lovell sees his work as a way to honor and preserve indigenous people's way of life. While he tries to capture ordinary days, he also often plans his trips around religious festivals, holidays and other cultural events. These large gatherings of people, swirling with color, are an ideal time to observe and document traditions, he said. Interactions with people are a key part of Lovell's experience documenting the harsh landscapes of the Himalayas.

"The sherpas are the heroes, the crew that you take with you that sets up your tents and your camp," he said.

Photographing the Himalayas presents logistical and physical challenges, Lovell said.

"You're not going out for an afternoon shoot. You're out there for weeks at a time," he said. "And as you get older, the mountains seem taller, the knees are crankier, the mattresses aren't as comfortable, it seems to be colder."

Lovell said he hopes his photography lowers barriers between countries and helps people think of those from other cultures as brothers and sisters.

"In a world of diminishing resources and increasing population, it's really going to take a lot of coordination to live in harmony with each other, and lot of communication," he said.

"I hope in a small way my photography opens people's minds and hearts to those kinds of considerations."

Source: The Herald

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