Dargeling / India / 11.03.2020
The Sherpa tribe is a tough Tibetan people, they are the most frequently sought after mountaineers living in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas. We are descending in order to see how climbing up is done. Our host Sherpa Minsur has been involved in rock climbing in the Himalayas for years. He organises the equipment and trains young people from Darjeeling in this outdoor pursuit. We are going down below the fields of tea plantations to a small settlement where young rock climbers are already waiting for us. Everybody is drinking a strange liquid from tin cups. It’s hot. They serve us the same drink, and then laugh at us, seeing how cautious we approach tasting the beverage. But we do drink. Slowly, in small sips. The cool white liquid looks like kefir and tastes like diluted yeast. It’s delicious, quenches our thirst and supplies us with micro-elements. We’re getting ready to move on. On to the rock. Climbing and meeting on the rocks is often the only entertainment they can afford. Everyone is happy about the meeting; we, because we’ll get to see how they practice; and they, because they’ll be able to get some exercise. We watch them climb an almost vertical rock one by one. The masters are climbing.
Oslo / Norway / 02.09.2019
A marble-granite carpet emerging from Oslofjord invites us to take a walk. The promenade climbs up towards the sky, and we stroll along it with dignity. The horizon’s line and the sky are reflected in the panes hidden within the marble walls. We’re on our way. On our way to heaven. Underneath us: sweat, tears, joy, sadness, happiness, smiles and ovations. We are walking on the roof of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo. We’re not trampling on art. We are climbing in the hope of discovering secrets. The opera house has been built to endure 300 years. The marble we are walking on is much older and will last for many more years to come. And art will survive.
Siddhiroop Ghose, holding the photo while waiting for his turn to climb the rock
Each photograph used during the journey stops being luggage, changes its destiny, takes on a new life. It creates a unique travel sack with a story in the background. Always just one. One shot, one sack. Luggage (no excess)