A professional photographer for 30 years I've worked on commissions all over the world.
For the past decade I have been a trekking guide for KE Adventure and have led more than 60 trips to some wonderfully wild parts of the planet. It is this experience that has made me realise how essential, and tough, the role of a porter is.
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I shot in the region of 13 hours of video material which I will be cobbling together to make a 30-minute documentary of my expereince.
I also shot more than 70 sheets of large format monochrome film making portraits of 27 porters I met along the trail. These will form an exhibition which has been scheduled to show at Thje Royal Geopgraphical Society in London in November of this year. From there it will travel to other venues.
The charity was set up in 2005 to facilitate the safe treatment, education and empowerment of porters and their communities through appropriate programmes, with priority given to creating change within the trekking industry.
The board of trustees of PPUK have been very supportive in helping get this project off the ground (Denise Prior and Mary Morrell in particular) and they are using i-Porter to front up their AGM in autumn of 2014.
My work is being used by the charity to help promote their aims.
My project would not have been possible without the help of the following organisations and people:
Jorrit and Nicky were strong supporters of what I was trying to do. They adapted an old Karrimor rucksack to carry a porter load in a safe and comfortable way. I named my bag Vera in honour of the stitcher who made the amendments.
I have worked with this company in Nepal for the past decade and one man in particular has always shone out for me Satish Neupane. He helped me with the logistics for my project, including partnering me up with Cshiring Sherpa - my wonderful helper for the time I spent in Nepal.