DescriptionWhen climbing Mount Everest from the Tibet side, you have the luxury to be able to drive all the way to BAsecamp. On the way from Nyalam to dusty village of Tingri you will pass this first 5000m high pass, the Lung La, La means pass.Besides great views over the Himalayas including the closest 8000-er Xixabangma, the place is known for its thousands of prayerflags and scarfs. As mentioned in a previous post the prayer written on it has a deep meaning and is the core of all Buddhist chanting and praying. Alec le Sueur called them Airmiles in his excellent book 5 years in Tibet, Running a hotel on the roof of the world and that is actually a fitting name as -in short, I know- the more you collect, the better your next life will be :)Every time one of the flags blows in the wind, one more mile is earned, so the smartest place to put them is on the high windy passes, like this wonderful place. You will feel the altitude when coming from Nepal which adds to the sensation of being allowed to stand in such a place.Shot with extreme high shutterspeed to freeze the blowing flags and to prevent my hand from freezing at the same time :)
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.
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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..