Yesterday I returned from a 2 month period of research and photography in Nepal collecting material for this show. The post-earthquake and post-constitution problems facing the country are huge, and just getting around and meeting people was a challenge. Petrol was only available through the black market, and shortages of LPG gas and materials have brought many workshops and factories to their knees.
The Nepali people are resilient, compassionate, and patient - frustrated by their government's inability to solve problems - and still they adapt to a lower standard of living with resourcefulness and determination. I have nothing but admiration for them. I met and worked with wonderful craftsmen and women on a daily basis and have returned to Finland with a lot of new material.
In the coming weeks I will sift through the video, stills and notes gathered during the last 2 months. Thanks to Canon Finland for their loan of the 5DSr camera which enabled me to shoot very high resolution photos of exceptional quality.
Gary Wornell - February 3, 2016, Finland