Voices of the Mountains: Everett Brownsten '12
January 6 to February 2, 2012
The mountains of Nepal’s Helambu region are dotted with monasteries that attract Buddhist lamas. It is also a popular destination for trekking and tourism. Brownstein volunteered as a teacher in the local school there; his students are the subjects of some of his photos.
The show features portraits and landscapes of the children, their school and the remote village where Brownstein lived. But there are also images of life in the larger, more urban Kathmandu Valley. Photographs of the simple and pristine landscape of Helambu are juxtaposed with images of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. From shots of an almost unnoticeable switch-backing trail leading to the school in the serene mountains, to the crowded streets filled with mopeds and cars, these photos capture life in Nepal through Brownstein’s incomparable eye.