This was by far the most fun I have ever had on a shoot. Deepthi Unnirkrishnan, and Edythe Mcnamee, the other two multimedia producers came along for just for kicks. We ended up wrapping up the Canon video camera as much as we could with cello tape, in fear of the powdered colors that may pour into the lens and nooks and crannies of the camera. We then arrived onto the scene wearing (as we should) white t shirts. The whole vibe on the beach was absolutely fantastic, powdered colors everywhere, random people coming up to us and rubbing hot pinks, oranges, blues and greens onto our faces and t-shirts. Everyone there was having a great time. Definitely aiming to shoot Holi in India in March 2011 with the Canon 5D MKII.
In the summer of 2009, I signed up with one of i-to-i’s programs to build a greenhouse in one of the most remote Himalayan regions, Spiti. For two weeks, my friend and traveling companion Ismat worked alongside Spiti Ecosphere, an incredible organization changing the lives of Spitians in the most sustainable ways.
Spitians are relatively malnourished as they don’t have access to fresh vegetables and fruits during the winter months. This is mostly due to the fact that the roads to Spiti from Kullu are blocked during the winter due to heavy snow. Imported food is also incredibly expensive. Spiti Ecosphere partnered up with architects worldwide and have been building greenhouses in the Spiti region for the past few years so that the locals have access to fresh food year-round.
We lived in a Buddhist monastery in Pin Valley and built the greenhouse primarily for them.
Read Ismat’s account of our experiences here.