Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistHarry KikstraPlatinum Member CollectionLife
DescriptionTo acclimatise for the 2006 Everest expedition I hiked the trek to Everest BC from Nepal. A friend of a friend recommended me this man, Ang Furba, to be my porter. I carried my gear for 2 weeks as well as all photo gear and laptop, so any help was welcome and I enjoyed the company.Though his English was limited, we had a great time together and saw many highlights in a short period of time. Only after getting lost on some slopes and passes Ang Furba confessed that he had not been to those places before :-)He lives near Lukla, the start of the trek and had been harassed by both the Maoists, who beat him up for not joining them and then again by the military police for talking to the maoists. Literally stuck between a rock and a hard place, he was glad to make some money, so he could go on yet another trip to Mt Kailash, the holy buddhist mountain in Tibet.But first he had to take me up the mountains of the Khumbu Valley, this is near the summit of Chukhung Ri, near Ama Dablam and about 5500m altitude. Normally Ang Furba was all smiles, but when I tried to shoot his portrait, he froze into a serious pose, which maybe covers his hard life better..One of the best things happened a few days later, when I took my Ipod headphones and let him hear the soundtrack of Himalaya, 'l'enfant d'un chef', the wonderful movie about the Tibetan yak herders. When Ang Furba heard the Om Mani Padme Hum chants in his ear, he could not believe what happened and started jumping up and down in happiness :-)
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..