Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kashmir: A Recollection from 2012


The following essay was written intermittently between October 2012 to present. All of the photographs were taken during a trip to Kashmir on October 2012.

This piece was written in accompaniment of the Project "Kashmir: Beauty Beneath the Hostile Borders". Click here or any of the images to view all of the images.





We just spent the whole morning traveling from Dal Lake to Pahalgam and the weather was gloomy at best. According to our guide Pahalgam was supposedly the Swiss Alps of India. We came several weeks early for the tourist season but we didn't really went there for vacation. But still the weather wasn't cooperating. Gloomy and grey. Our hotel was in the middle of a valley surrounded by mountains, soon to be covered with snow. It was drizzling and cold, the rain from the past days started to form ice caps on the surrounding mountains. We checked in our things in our rooms and decided to have a walk outside the hotel. Right out in the corner was a police outpost manned by three policemen. I decided to have a chat with them, ask where the local market is, location of good food and whatnot. Then it started to drizzle more so I decided to stay a bit longer under the shed of the police outpost and continue our talks.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I have been writing a lot, but not here.


Okay, not a lot but some, at least.

It's February and it's still hot here in Santiago but fall is slowly creeping in which makes me smile. A lot has happened in the last 6 months passion, personal and career wise. Oh, my wife and I had finally visited one of the most beautiful places on earth - Patagonia. Incredible experience.

Back to the title. Yes, I've written a lot relative to the past years. And I'll share here soon (I have made it a point to actually pencil in the task to to my calendar so I don't forget - this post is testament to that).

I have also been very busy on photography having started a couple of long tenure projects and preparing the backlogs for future posts. I'm also looking into joining some agencies and sharing some galleries. Heck maybe a talk in an exhibition this year, but we'll see.

-Yel