ESCAPING THE GIRL-CULTURE TRAP
Published in Done Brilliantly – The blog of Two bright Lights
Lately, the trend of keeping blogs during study abroad, backpacking trips, or simply taking the first flight out of town for a grand adventure is all the rage. Simone Allaston wanted to capture her remarkable journey across Nepal to Mount Everest, with its changing scenery and vibrant culture. She decided the best method would be through her photography. Her photos from the trip look like awe-inspiring screen captures from documentaries of faraway worlds. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Simone showed us that photos can tell a thousand stories.
After visiting the grand man-made structures like the Buddah sculpture, Simone turned to the even grander beauties found in nature–from waterfalls to the famed Everest. It’s amazing to consider that the picture of the waterfall, blossoming from a warm climate full of green foliage, can be just one trip away from the desolate but eerily beautiful peaks of Everest.
Although the man-made structures and the natural landscapes were full of color, the people and cultures that inhabit these lands are what make those colors come alive and shine. Simone captured the cross section of people she met along the way–some with gentle smiles that shyly acknowledged the camera, and others that were caught in candids that give us the briefest of glimpses into their lives.