Location: Passu, Northern Areas of Pakistan, 2008.
The brown massif with cloud-piercing serrated peaks and razor-sharp edges is one of the most magnificent mountain ranges I have ever seen. From the Karakoram Highway, the giant towering at 6106 meters looked like a guardian protecting the ancient route to the north. The mountain is formally known as Tupopdan or locally as Passu Cones/Cathedral due to its shape. It is situated along the ancient silk road, in one of the most remote places on earth.
I arrived in Passu in the afternoon during a warm summer day. Exploring the area under the scorching hot sun, I wondered if I was the only visitor in the village. I couldn't help but stare at Tupopdan everywhere I go. For one, it could be seen from almost every corner. But I was also fascinated by how close the massif seemed to be from me, an illusion I could never get my head around. Tupopdan is more than just another mountain. Its presence that stood the test of time symbolizes timelessness, perseverance, and resilience.
This photograph was created when the light was illuminating the massif from the west. The timing was deliberate to allow the interplay between light and shadow to accentuate the serrations. The Karakoram Range is known to be rugged without much vegetation and this can be well appreciated here.
Prize Sizes: Sizing Guide Page
|Small / Artist Print||12” x 8” (+0.5” border)||150|
Medium / Studio Print
||24" x 16” (+0.5” border)||150|
Large / Gallery Print
||36” x 24” (+0.5” border)||25|
|Extra Large / Gallery Print||60” x 40” (no border)||15|
Born in Malaysia, I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. My interest in exploring off the beaten tracks has led me to places such as Tibet, Iran, and Pakistan. While it’s nice to see new places, I have enjoyed the cultural experience of traveling more. I would bring home a piece of local culture from every place I visit, mainly in the form of wall art.
Maybe you have been to places I have photographed, or seen them elsewhere. I hope, through my work, I can bring a piece of memory or add an artistic touch to your living space.
Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a fine art paper with a subtle texture that gives a luxurious feel in your hand. The museum-quality print is fade-resistant with colors that will last for 100+ years. Each print is accompanied by a certificate with hologram, signature, and edition series.