First Thoughts… Luminous Everest

Jan 10, 2019

What is it like to work without knowing, to photograph with such an open mind that there is no plan, no project… yet. Photographers often work with carefully chosen subjects, targeted stories, something to say before the shutter button is ever pressed. Often on my journeys I stop to make photos out of pure fascination, sometimes they are repetitive, but usually the begin to reveal nuances, deeper character, expanding awareness. When lucky there are surprises in these surveys.

For years I have travelled with friends to the Everest Region of Solu-Khumbu, Nepal, appreciating the mountain culture and high Himalayan after weeks of work on humanitarian documentary projects was complete. On these treks to Khumbu I kept my eye on Everest, each time smiling as I glimpsed her looming on the horizon or blending into the peaks nearby.

On the trail last year a message reached us from the other side of the world and it was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah to organize these Everest images into an exhibit honoring my friend, mountaineer and humanitarian Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita’s film, “Mothered By Mountains,” by Renan Ozturk.

Laying out prints on the floor of my studio a title came to mind, “Luminous Everest,” for Everest is a mirror. The mountain reflects individual intentions whether those of mountaineers, visitors on a mission to Everest Base Camp, porters working hard to support their families, or those who imagine Everest in their minds eye from the other side of the world. The mountain, as reflected in this collection of photographs has many appearances, Everest exists in both ice and imagination.

This project is dedicated to the international idea of Everest, and to mountains who bring us together…

In Light,
Cira

Silver City Shining

Mar 24, 2019

IBU – Among Friends

Feb 2, 2019

In Light of Everest

Jan 20, 2019

Quiet Beauty… Bhutan

Nov 20, 2018

Khumbu III

Nov 1, 2018

Back to Kathmandu

Oct 30, 2018

Classic Wyoming

Oct 10, 2018

Palm Springs Photo Fun

May 18, 2018

Radiant Japan

Mar 30, 2018

Looking Back, 2017

Dec 31, 2017

Eclipse Observations

Aug 31, 2017

Leica, A Way of Life

Aug 31, 2017

Thoughts on Totality

Aug 25, 2017

Hidden Mountains

May 9, 2017

Farewell Fuji

Apr 24, 2017

Gift of a Lens…

Dec 26, 2016

Radiant SuperMoon

Nov 13, 2016

Everest – Last Light

Nov 10, 2016

Chasing Rainbows

Jun 16, 2016

In A Meeting

Mar 27, 2016

Silver Belles

Mar 3, 2016

Natural Wisdom

Jan 2, 2016

In Between

Dec 26, 2015

The Right Tool

Nov 24, 2015

Radiant Resilience

Sep 30, 2015

Entering New Realms

Aug 1, 2015

Color Or High Light?

Jul 31, 2015

In Light of Being

Jul 31, 2015

Light and Space

Jul 30, 2015

Always Building

Jul 24, 2015

Light in the Darkness

Jul 22, 2015

Venice High

Jul 18, 2015

Into the Light

Jul 17, 2015

Above the Fold

Jun 20, 2015

India In Light

Jun 13, 2015

Shadow Life

May 1, 2015