New York photographer Sean Lynch went to Nepal last September and the pictures he took while there are just absolutely amazing. Lynch offers us amazing photographs taken with infrared lighting. It is such a unique look of the country, as the place looks like one giant red velvet cake. It is decidedly a unique look as these images are laced with much surrealism, giving Annapurna, the world renowned summit of the Himalayas, a very different aura.
The pictures were shot in the Annapurna Himalayan Range. The odd, reddish color makes the landscape look like the surface of perhaps planet Mars, or maybe even something out of a fantasy driven book like Dr. Seuss, as one writer observed.
Annapurna is a portion of the Himalayas found in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091 meters of Annapurna I, thirteen other peaks over 7,000 meters and 16 more that are over 6,000 meters. This portion is a 55 km massif bordered by the Kali Gandaki Gorge over on the west, the Marshyangdi River over the north and east, and Pokhara Valley in the south. Annapurna is actually a Sanskrit term which when directly translated means “full of food”, but is typically translated as Goddess of the Harvests.
The whole massif and surrounding area is protected within the 7,629 km2 Annapurna Conservation Area, the biggest conservation declared area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is the site of many world-class treks, which includes the Annapurna Circuit. Its peaks are among the most treacherous in the world but in more recent years, Kangchenjunga has registered a higher fatality count. By the close of 2009, there were 157 summit ascents of Annapurna I, as well as 60 climbing deaths on the mountain. This fatality-to-summit percentage is the highest of any of the eight-thousanders (meaning mountain ranges over 8000 meters). The climb on the south side is considered by many mountaineers to be the most difficult of all climbs.
Sean Lynch’s pictures show a very different side to these dangerous ranges, looking much more like picture straight out of a fairy tale or epic fantasy. See his infrared Images of the Himalayan Range, including the perilous Annapurna here.