Photos & text: Vaibhav Kaul

Born into a family of mountain lovers, I began to explore the Himalayas even before I could walk. It was while clambering up the heaped boulders in the moraines of the Gangotri Glacier at the age of five, that I realised they had a story to tell. I was too young to comprehend that it was the debris left by the receding glacier, but I was deeply intrigued. As a mountain geographer and visual artist, I am still striving to understand the same story — the story of environmental change. Lately, I have also become fascinated with the cultures of communities that live with hazards in rapidly changing highland
environments.

This feature is an extract from my recent mountain photography exhibition, titled Two Bodies, One Soul: Glimpses of the Alps and the Himalayas. It presents stories of environmental and social change from remote corners of Sikkim and Switzerland.

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