The satellites are spinning
A new day is dawning
The galaxies are waiting
For planet Earth’s awakening

AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT is a series of exquisitely detailed landscape photographs, video and installation works, and an ambient soundscape made in collaboration with Erik Omen.  

The body of work was captured in October 2016 at Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Lake in the Khumbu region of Nepal and is the first instalment in a study of glaciers and an exploration of their decline in sacred mountain landscapes.

Set below the sixth highest mountain in the world Cho Oyu, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Glacial melt was once slow, the movement of the ice measured in many years, often centuries. In recent decades, the Nepali Himalayas are warming significantly and the Ngozumpa Glacier is showing signs of shrinking, thinning and the ice is rapidly melting; it’s as if time is literally flowing away.

In the Himalayas, it is believed by the local people that gods reside on mountaintops to distance themselves from the filth of human life. Sherpas have been known to link the decline of mountain glaciers to gods or deities. Human interference in the motherland of Nepal is unleashing the fury of the mountain gods.

The glacial melt of Ngozumpa (‘water source’) may be interpreted by the Sherpa people as a moral reprimand by the gods due to the departure from their traditional lifestyle to new lifestyles that generate physical and spiritual pollution.

The works hold space as majestic reminders that the earth is a living planet of complex beauty under threat. The fragility of the soaring landscape has been preserved as it was photographed and is now historical documentation in the timeline of climate change.

ITSELF INSIDE OUT was exhibited at COMMUNE, Waterloo from 2-5 November 2017 

Location: Khumbu Region, Himalayas, Nepal
Shot on 120mm, 35mm Kodak Portra film and iPhone 6s
Year: 2016

Click through to Catalogue at the link below to view all works. 

All images © Rae Begley 2019
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