523 Tragedy in Nepal

Nepal is a poor country ... yet, the Nepalese are ever so lovely, gentle and generous. Now the country has been devastated by a series of  earth quakes,  and the people need every bit of help they can get.

DDB,  a Sydney advertising agency  I work for  sometimes, is staging an art auction for the benefit of the Nepalese. I shall contribute with donating some framed photos. The auction (arranged by art-buyer Leesa Murray) will be online and world-wide. 

Watch this space; I'll blog more about it.

In 1972 I  travelled  to India and Nepal with my then partner Saskia, in a Landrover, all the way from Amsterdam; below are photos I took on that trip 43 years ago.

The first eight pictures are from Kathmandu of a religious ceremony, held in the light of butter lamps in and around the many temples, like the Boudhanath Buddhist temple (the next four photos) ... to think that those magnificent temple buildings may now have collapsed right on to them.

From Kathmandu I drove west to Pokhara. The photos below are from a four week trek north into the mountains of the Annapurna range, which took me all the way to areas close to the Tibetan border.