PAULA ON THE ROAD

Fotos de mis distintos viajes… Algunas de ellas con las personas a las que quería retratar…

Pictures from various trips… Some of them with the people I wanted to portrait…

I know, not my best profile pictures but, hey, what can you do when it is 40ºC, your suitcase is lost and you urgently need a shower… In any case, if I was better looking I would probably be on the other side of the camara, so instead of taking 100 pictures of people and one of me, it would be exactly the reverse… Very boring!

 

ÁFRICA

Turkana, 2001
Turkana, 2001
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. An amazingly well-dressed guy in the middle of the desert!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. An amazingly well-dressed guy in the middle of the desert!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. May I take a picture?
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. May I take a picture?
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. How painful it must be to have scarifications all over your body!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. How painful it must be to have scarifications all over your body!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. "Say cheeeeese!!"
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2005. "Say cheeeeese!!"
Turkana, Kenya, 2007. "My boyfriend? Chief, I do not think so" I wonder why you would want a white woman in the middle of the desert! Completely useless!
Turkana, Kenya, 2007. "My boyfriend? Chief, I do not think so" I wonder why you would want a white woman in the middle of the desert! Completely useless!
Tondonyang, TUrkana, 2007. Women at the fishermen village. Unfortunately, 2 years later they all became refugees...
Tondonyang, TUrkana, 2007. Women at the fishermen village. Unfortunately, 2 years later they all became refugees...
Ile Springs, Turkana, 2007. Mary, whom I see every year... Oh, and I can see a nairobi fly bite on my neck. How painful!
Ile Springs, Turkana, 2007. Mary, whom I see every year... Oh, and I can see a nairobi fly bite on my neck. How painful!
Kakuma refugee camp, Turkana, 2007. Kakuma holds around 90.000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan. There I have met 15 year-old people who have never been outside of the camp. I find it really disturbing... the sad faces, the lack of belonging to a place, the artificial life they live...
Kakuma refugee camp, Turkana, 2007. Kakuma holds around 90.000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan. There I have met 15 year-old guys who have never in their lives been outside of the camp. I find it really disturbing... the sad faces, not having a homeland, the artificial life, the years confined in such a small space ...
Turkana, 2007. In the pick-up, after a swim in the lake. Once again, my backpack was missing, so I had to swim with my clothes on and glasses! Impossible to find a bikini in the whole region! What for? People do not swim in there!
Turkana, 2007. In the pick-up, after a swim in the lake. Once again, my backpack was missing, so I had to swim with my clothes on and glasses! Impossible to find a bikini in the whole region! What for? People do not swim in there!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2007. Nice outfit, I know... Well, the kids did noe to mind my second hand and borrowed clothes!
Omorate, Ethiopia, 2007. Nice outfit, I know... Well, the kids did noe to mind my second hand and borrowed clothes!

 

Todonyang, 2007. How about we practice some yoga?
Todonyang, 2007. How about we practice some yoga?
Turkana, 2009. Making friends...
Turkana, 2009. Making friends...
Todonyang, Turkana, 2009. "A picture with me? hakuna matata (no prob). Holding the kalashnikov. Sure Hakuna matata" Never say no to someone with a kalashnikov...
Todonyang, Turkana, 2009. "A picture with me? hakuna matata (no prob). Holding the kalashnikov? Sure Hakuna matata" MORAL: Never say no to someone with a kalashnikov...
Todonyang, Turkana, 2009. "Sorry, guys, I have only 2 arms, cannot hold 10 children...!"
Todonyang, Turkana, 2009. "Sorry, guys, I have only 2 arms, cannot hold 10 children...!"
Lamu, Kenya, 2009. I know, poor donkey...
Lamu, Kenya, 2009. I know, poor donkey...
Lamu, Kenya, 2009. With Joki, one of the girls at Anidan (www.anidan.org)
Lamu, Kenya, 2009. With Joki, one of the girls at Anidan (www.anidan.org)

ASIA

Maldives, 2004. Yes, sometimes I even go to the beach... Amazing scuba diving with manta rays and sharks!
Maldives, 2004. Yes, sometimes I even go to the beach... Amazing scuba diving with manta rays and sharks!
Tangalle, Sri Lanka, 2004. Body surfing... or just pretending to!
Tangalle, Sri Lanka, 2004. Body surfing... or just pretending to!
Hill stations, Sri Lanka, 2004. At the tea plantations... so hot! Thanks for the umbrella!
Hill stations, Sri Lanka, 2004. At the tea plantations... so hot! Thanks for the umbrella!
Sera Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet, 2004. Making friends with the monk who would become one of my favourite portraits...
Sera Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet, 2004. Making friends with the monk who would become one of my favourite portraits...
Lhasa, Tibet, 2004. Silly? Yes, probably...
Lhasa, Tibet, 2004. Silly? Yes, probably...
Tashinlupo Monastery, Tibet, 2004. This pilgrim is another of my favourite portraits. Guess, who of the two has more wrinkles?
Tashinlupo Monastery, Tibet, 2004. This pilgrim is another of my favourite portraits
Luang Prabang, Laos, 2004. Village at the Mekong... I took so many pictures there, the children were great
Luang Prabang, Laos, 2004. Village at the Mekong... I took so many pictures there, the children were great
Luang Prabang, Laos, 2004. Alms giving at sunrise. When in Rome...
Luang Prabang, Laos, 2004. Alms giving at sunrise. When in Rome...
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2004. These girls were so pretty...
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2004. These girls were so pretty...
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2004. The famous keeper of the Ta Prohm temple, whose portrait was cover of the Lonely Planet guide at the time
Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2004. The famous keeper of the Ta Prohm temple, whose portrait was cover of the Lonely Planet guide at the time
Leh, Laddakh, India, 2006. Cool monk, who loved picking on his nose... Very unholy!!!
Leh, Laddakh, India, 2006. Cool monk, who loved picking on his nose... Very unholy!!!
Laddakh, India, 2006. Trekking in the Himalayas I stopped at this nunnery and was invited to share a tea and the evening prayers
Laddakh, India, 2006. Trekking in the Himalayas I stopped at this nunnery and was invited to share a tea and the evening prayers
Laddakh , India, 2006. At the nunnery. They were so nice and friendly. Some of them Tibetan who escaped and could never go back to their places. Very tough life up in the mountains...
Laddakh , India, 2006. At the nunnery. They were so nice and friendly. Some of them Tibetan who escaped and could never go back to their places. Very tough life up in the mountains...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2004. Old lady from a small village on the way. She was really sweet and great for portraits...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2004. Old lady from a small village on the way. She was really sweet and great for portraits...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2004. Hummm, I am sure you guessed already... Not the most fit person on earth, walking for hours at 4.200m... Enjoying a nap under the prayer flags...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2004. Hummm, I am sure you guessed already... Not the most fit person on earth, walking for hours at 4.200m... Almost dead, taking a "power nap" under the prayer flags...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2006. Found an orphanage on the way. Left some pens with them (thanks, papermate for the donation) and went on...
Trekking in Ladakh, India, 2006. Found an orphanage on the way. Left some pens with them (thanks, papermate for the donation) and went on...
Lamanyuru Monastery, Ladakh, India, 2006. Reciting mantras and turning the prayer wheel with my new friend
Lamanyuru Monastery, Ladakh, India, 2006. Reciting mantras and turning the prayer wheel with my new friend
Sam Dunes, Rajasthan, India, 2006. Learning the local dance?
Sam Dunes, Rajasthan, India, 2006. Learning the local dance?
Sam Dunes, Rajasthan, India, 2006. Riding my cute friend Michael Jackson (I swear that was the camel's name). Thank God it did not try to do the moonwalk with me on top!
Sam Dunes, Rajasthan, India, 2006. Riding my cute friend Michael Jackson (I swear that was the camel's name). Thank God it did not try to do the moonwalk with me on top!
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 2006. I randomly met this group of really nice women... We had a great laugh
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 2006. I randomly met this group of really nice women... We had a great laugh
Rishikesh, India, 2006. So "enlightened" that I almost look like a phantom!
Rishikesh, India, 2006. So "enlightened" that I almost look like a phantom!
Darjeeling, India, 2008. Silly picture at the tea plantations...
Darjeeling, India, 2008. Silly picture at the tea plantations...
Sikkim, India, 2008. Welcome to Sikkim. Such a great trip with two great friends, Claudia and Ruth
Sikkim, India, 2008. Welcome to Sikkim. Such a great trip with two great friends, Claudia and Ruth
Sikkim, India, 2008. "Om many padme hum", practising mantras on the way...
Sikkim, India, 2008. "Om many padme hum", practising mantras on the way...
Sikkim, India, 2008. One afternoon, walking by myself in the fog, I got completely lost. The first person I met was this monk, who asked me what I was looking for. "I am looking for the orphanage on the road, but I am lost". "Why do you want to go there?". After a few minutes conversation, it turned out that Yongda, the monk, was the founder of the orphanage and one of the head lamas of the largest monastery in Sikkim. I spent one day with him, and learnt that he had moved from a military career into being a monk. Yongda had been the aid of chamber of the last king of Sikkim. When it became part of India he asked the king permission to join the monastery. Yongda was amazingly well-read. travelled, and had an amazing conversation.
Sikkim, India, 2008. One afternoon, walking by myself in the fog, I got completely lost. The first person I met was this monk, who asked me what I was looking for. "I am looking for the orphanage on the road, but I am lost". "Why do you want to go there?". After a few minutes conversation, it turned out that Yongda, the monk, was the founder of the orphanage and one of the head lamas of the largest monastery in Sikkim. I spent one day with him, and learnt that he had moved from a military career into being a monk. Yongda had been the aid of chamber of the last king of Sikkim. When it became part of India he asked the king permission to join the monastery. Yongda was amazingly well-read, well-travelled, and it was great to talk to him about anything, from world politics to buddhism.
Sikkim, India, 2008. At Yongda's apartment in the monastery... sharing some very strange drink!
Sikkim, India, 2008. At Yongda's apartment in the monastery... sharing some very strange drink!
Sikkim, India, 2008. Honestly, I have no clue what I drank but it really looks very strange...
Sikkim, India, 2008. Honestly, I have no clue what I drank but it really looks very strange...
Train to Varanassi, India, 2008. View of the chai wallah from "my room"... Great bed after we god upgraded from class 3...
Train to Varanassi, India, 2008. Looking at the chai wallah from "my room"... Great bed after we god upgraded from class 3...
Varanassi, India, 2008. Will I also be holy if I get a lick from a holy cow?
Varanassi, India, 2008. Will I also be holy if I get a lick from a holy cow?
Varanassi, India, 2008. Possitive energy...
Varanassi, India, 2008. Possitive energy...
Varanassi, India, 2008. Inside a Ganesh temple...
Varanassi, India, 2008. Inside a Ganesh temple...
Agra, India, 2008. Bored of the typical pictures with the Taj Mahal, why not the tree asana?
Agra, India, 2008. Bored of the typical pictures with the Taj Mahal, why not the tree asana?
Agra, India, 2008. Or how about just jumping?
Agra, India, 2008. Or how about just jumping?
Agra, India, 2008. So white skinned that everywhere I find people who want to take pictures with me... What? I thought I was the photographer looking for nice portraits!
Agra, India, 2008. So white skinned that everywhere I find people who want to take pictures with me... What? I thought I was the photographer looking for nice portraits!
Agra, India, 2008. So in India I learnt what it feels like to have people chasing you for pictures...
Agra, India, 2008. So in India I learnt what it feels like to have people chasing you for pictures...
Agra, India, 2008. Beautiful lady!
Agra, India, 2008. Beautiful lady!

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  1. ME HA ENCANTADO VERTE, YA QUE ESTE AÑO NO HEMOS COINCIDIDO EN TURKANA,ME HA GUSTADO MUCHO VER TUS ESTUPENDAS FOTOS.ESPERO QUE ESTES BIEN Y VERTE EN OTRA OCASION EN LAS REMOTAS TIERRAS DE NUESTRA QUERIDA TURKANA.

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