The show I have been putting together for some time now is called "Attn to: Detail". The plan is to develop 'mind-maps' recording the places I've been and stories involved. The trickiest part is fitting them all together. And, eventually, printing out all the stories with a legend to pair the pictures with the stories. It's a big project, another reason commissions are appreciated. Eventually these maps will span Idaho, India, Nepal, Italy, Malaysia, France, Morocco, and maybe a few small snippets of Germany, Switzerland, and England. More countries to come, I hope, as this is my magnum opus to date. Below is some of the first of Nepal, with many more to come.
One thing I found so incredible about this part of the world was how accessed these seemingly inaccessible places were. These towns would be higher in elevation than most places in the world, one or no vehicle roads in and out, and they would have everything they needed, everything trekkers might need, and a bit more. Except wifi most of the time, tho I'm sure that's changing quickly, as I hear the roads are.
We hiked Nepal just after the rainy season which was wonderful because it made the whole place green and there weren't as many trekkers as I hear there are during the peak season. Another fun side effect, waterfalls everywhere. But seriously, more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. There will be many more to come in this set of paintings but I wanted to do one of these taller waterfalls to start off with, they were simply so breath taking and around almost every corner.
The bridges will also be a reoccurring element of the Nepal set, heavy cable strung between two cement mounts in areas of frequent landslides and unpredictable elements. Keeps the heart pumping for sure, as though the landscapes and thundering rivers aren't enough to do that.
One thing I loved about the Annapurna circuit is that you always have a sense of where you're headed (up) and then where you've been (also up). It's a beautiful goal to work toward in the winding miles preceding it. As you trek toward your goal of course, you are met with infinite surprises along the way. More to come soon!