Photo Essay

Twenty Thousand Leagues Above the Sea


India's map has always fascinated me. It some how always reminds me of a preschool kid trying his very best to sketch a voluptuous female figure;

and having said that, the best way to describe where these photographs were shot, would be just under the left ear of the sketch subject, the little town of Leh.

Sitting perfectly leveled accross the alpine desert, Leh is cornered by two of the world's greatest mountain ranges. The barren landscapes, decorated by scattered sites of ancient monasteries, makes it a photographers dream.

Its sharp contours are carved by unimaginable tectonic movements which show the fierce power of nature by sculpting the landscape to what one sees today; wind and water among its harsh surroundings. Equally appealing to the naked eye, through the lens is an accentuated view of the true characteristics of each element enjoying its untouched surrounding and how each co-exists in mythical magnificence.

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5 responses

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 May 2009):

    Very nicely done!

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler said (7 Jan 2010):

    these are gorgeous. many years ago i tried to get to lahdak, but gave up after a week of flights cancelled due to weather. the road was also close. i was really young. who knew how complicated life would get? so far, i haven't had another opportunity to try to get there. thanks for these pics. reminds me of my as yet unfulfilled plan!

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (7 Jan 2010):

    oh, and totally voted!

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    All the photos in this essay are outstanding

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    Amazing pictures, beautiful story!

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