The Life around the Fire

Posted on décembre 9, 2015 in Behind The Lens

I feel like a great privilege to spend time with Himalayan people and learn about their daily life and their expectations for the future. A great moment for this is definitely when the night is here and the fires switch on…

Cooking, getting warmer, playing, resting…when the fire is an essential part of the Human survival…

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. I was just finishing to have dinner with their parents. I went out from the house and I saw those kids around this fire. It was completely dark as there is no electricity in this part of The Himalayas. I was touched by this scene because it represents to me something essential in life: as long as there is light, even a the smallest one, there is hope and life.

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. One of my host who was cooking with the help of others and their electric lamp which guided her.

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. After cooking, it is finally the time for resting after a long day…

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. A Hunter who is getting warmer around the firewood. While he was getting warmer, we were playing with the fire. It seems some electricity passed through it….We thought it would be fun to take a photo of this, so we did it in this way.

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Bhutan. This photo was taken around a fire camp where we were warming our hands. I really like this portrait as it represents to me all those faces from the remotest places of  The Himalayas, the same ones I was dreaming about when I was a kid.

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. I don’t get sick oftenly but I was this time. No hospital, no doctor and no medicines. This young woman and her family helped me to recover.

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The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence

Nepal. Firewood dinner in the High Himalayas. I love spending time with Himalayan People, they are a great example of how humans can survive in hard conditions without energy facilities. By spending time with them I realized how energy influences our Time notion. In most of the countries we have TV, new technologies devices which make the time shorter since we are so focused on…and a consequence of this is we don’t have the time anymore to appreciate and enjoy the real moments.

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