San Diego Student Amelia Christie Photographs the Beauty of Nepal and its People
Filed under: Film & Production
July 11, 2017
Amelia Christie, who is working toward an Associate of Science in Digital Photography at The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, traveled to Nepal in Spring 2017 along with instructor Ellyn Norris and photography students from universities. The group landed in Kathmandu and took photos for the Bo M. Karlson foundation that supports young women who are working toward a college education. The photography group took images of the Kathmandu students who are earning their degrees, and the photos were used in a local publication. Christie added that interacting with passionate young scholars was a very moving experience.
Next, the group traveled to Pokhara. While in Pokhara, they flew over Mt. Everest, hiked, photographed temples and architecture, and stayed in an Australian base camp.
The final leg of the journey took place in Chituan, where Christie rode and bathed an elephant, explored the jungle, and learned about the people of the Tharu village and their culture. She stated that this part of the trip was not only the most dramatic in temperature, but also in culture. The Tharu people live in huts made of cow dung and elephant grass.
Christie said that this experience helped her to gain interpersonal skills that improved her portraiture techniques. She added that the people of Nepal were very inviting and open. Christie has changed her perspective on how she views life—as well as the freedom she experiences as a United States citizen.
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