The High Mountain People of the World
To photograph the high mountain people of the world, the ways in which they have adapted to living at high altitude, their culture, daily life, and to document the ways of life that are vanishing in the high mountains.
Living in high mountain regions presents difficult challenges. Indigenous people’s bodies have adapted to the physical challenges, but how do people make a living or provide for their families in such a harsh environment? Limited resources, little arable land, and fragile ecosystems make life difficult. Although mountain people represent about 12% of the world’s population, a disproportionately high number are continually hungry and malnourished. Globalization, modernization and tourism are also significantly affecting ways of life for indigenous high mountain people. Change can be a double-edged sword, sometimes bringing wealth and education but also taxing limited resources and resulting in loss of cultural identity.
I propose travel to 4 or 5 high mountain regions to document the people living there, their culture, daily life, and the ways in which they have adapted to living in extreme conditions. In those places where a traditional way of life is vanishing, my hope is to document this way of life to help preserve it for the future.
There are two great mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and the Andes. Countries within these regions I am considering visiting include Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Peru and Bolivia.