Gorkha: in focus
Documenting livelihoods in a changing climate by Jasper Wilkins
Gorkha is based west of Kathmandu, Nepal and was the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake killing nearly 9000 people and destroying thousands of houses and businesses. This project explores stories of hope in a rural community located in Gorkha and demonstrates the importance of environmental awareness through exploring individual stories of how climate change effects rural communities.
Jasper Wilkins, Olympus Ambassador and documentary photographer is passionate about culture, nature and communication and has recently spent three months working as a team leader in 2017 within Khadka Gaun, Gorkha, focusing on income generating projects for Raleigh International and was inspired by the generosity, kindness and integrity of the people he encountered in this beautiful place. In 2016, Jasper created an environmental organisation called ‘In Focus’ that provides creative content for companies and NGO’s focusing on environmental sustainability. In collaboration with Olympus UK, Jasper will be hosting an exhibition at the Art Bermondsey Project Space, London (04/07/2017 – 08/07/2017) alongside a book that will be distributed Internationally. These insightful and interesting stories demonstrate hope, beauty and determination in a changing environment, showing the importance of worldwide sustainability.
“People have to adapt to anything and when there is a problem, there is a solution.”
– Dhan Bhadur Parivar, 2017
“I was once told ‘Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.’ And it stuck with me, the time for environmental protection is now and it is needed more than ever. One day we may observe a world that we created; with limited wildlife and water, flooding cities and we will ask ‘What happened’?”
– Jasper Wilkins