On the trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal it is common place to see porters carrying loads which are in excess of their body weight. Most of the food supplies for the trekkers and the building materials for the trekkers accommodation are carried by these very strong porters - yaks also carry heavy loads for the benefit of the trekkers.
Here a laden down porter is walking up the steep slope to Namche Bazaar on the second day of the trek.
The internal walls of the Teahouse accommodation are made with one sheet of plywood - thus the thickness of a sheet of plywood is all that separates you from the snorer in the room next door!
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saxo042 (36702) 2009-11-23 7:45
This is truly a very good diagonal composition, but I guess that the person below the plywood like it to be a lot more horizontal instead. I donīt think he or she cares about your compositional values... A fine picture and I am glad I donīt have to walk here, at least not with this burden!
ifege (9983) 2009-11-23 16:49
You see some amazing loads being carried by people in some countries but Nepal has that other dimension - steep mountains. The light there was very tricky but the parts that matter are well lit.
holmertz (36441) 2009-11-24 2:40
A great and very informative picture. This shows the toughness of a Himalaya trek very well, even if you don't have to carryy several sheets of plywood. Nature bestowed a diagonal line on you.
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2009-11-24 3:41
what a load carried by him - unbelievable. A good documentation
jmdias (51959) 2009-12-01 1:18
it would take a day for me take this heavy and not easy to take object to the hight of this slope and I am not sure if I would survive after that. impressive shot, this man is similar with an worky ant
perfect framing, light and sense of moment.
burraburra (1219) 2009-12-01 2:16
Good uphill capture which clearly reveals the terrain.
How fit are those Porters? Very :)
Great all round TE presentation.
batalay (34575) 2009-12-06 1:10
What an astonishingly poignant and painful photo. I wonder what this poor fellow did in a previous life. He couldn't have been a Yak, because they have to do the same thing now. Those look like plywood sheets, with a total mass of 110-120 kg, being transported up an incline 25"-30°. I feel the weight vicariously, and I am not very happy about that.
Warm regards and have a good Sunday.
fanni (14377) 2009-12-18 15:23
I've missed so many interesting photos and discussions while I've been away!:(( But now I'll start with this photo... which has something special about it, and I chose it to be the first to comment on. I like the composition with the diagonal slope - it emphasizes the heavy weight and the hard work of carrying the weight up the slope. VERY interesting capture of the moment :)
I also like it that you included the people in the distance at the top!
Warmest wishes from very frosty Moscow :)
Have a nice weekend!
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Exposure: f/3.5
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Porters of the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-23 2:46