I am an avid traveller and a self-confessed shutterbug with no formal training in photography. I prefer using a point and shoot camera for convenience. I am based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
June 2014 Update: do visit my latest gallery on Nepal. This is a work in progress. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos most of which were taken during my trek in the Khumbu region. While there, I was made acutely aware of the hardships faced by the porters (not related to trekking) who carry impossibly heavy loads for days on end. They live in villages far south of the trekking area so they do not get support from the tourism industry. The trekking route is non-driveable so goods are mainly transported by pack animals or porters.
I have decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of any of my artwork on FAA to a poor family or families in the villages so that their children can go to school. Education is key in lifting them out of poverty and providing them empowerment. This is the ultimate goal for me. The cost of sending a child to school is equivalent to approximately USD 60 per month.
In the interim, I have been made aware of a particular family who is in dire straits. Having moved from one of the impoverished villages to the Namche Bazaar area, the single mother with two children (3 and 9 years old) are living in a small house made of stone. My first USD 100 that I gave to my contact while I was in Namche Bazaar, went towards buying them food, clothing and a tarp. They are a priority for me now. Money raised will go towards providing them the bare necessities of life.