h o t o g r a p h y  &  R e f l e c t i o n

The Ferry

At the base of the Himalayan Mountains is Chitwan National Park, Nepal, a preserve of jungle, bogland and many lakes and rivers. A ferry takes two different types of people across the narrow river to one of the Tharu villages. One group is villagers commuting between home and work. In the top photo villagers are returning after a long day of hard labour, each having earned about one dollar for an entire day's work. The second group using the ferry is tourists. This diptych illustrates the order of the world where 80% of the plantet's population lives on 20% of the planet's resources and only 20% of the population, that is us, uses a full 80% of the earth's resources just for ourselves. Note in the top photo that one ferryman is necessary to ferry the workers across the river. In the bottom photo, four men are required to cater to the tourist. The tourist doesn't realize this discrepancy so intent is she on getting a good photo.

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