Andrea Gabrieli

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An ordinary rainy day at Concordia camp - Karakorum - Pakistan
Location: Pavullo nel Frignano
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I'm a travel photographer, I love trekking, mountain, and to discover remote place of the earth. I visited many times Asia regions: Karakorum range in Pakistan (Baltoro and Biafo glacier), Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan (holy festival)... MORE
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An ordinary rainy day at Concordia camp - Karakorum - Pakistan
Copyright Andrea Gabrieli 2023
Updated Dec 2022
Topics Action, Beauty, Documentary, Health, Health/Healing, Islam, Journalism, Lifestyle, Mountain, Nature, Pakistan, Photography, Porters, Portrait, Portraits, Portraiture, Spirituality, Travel
Summary
An ordinary rainy day at Concordia camp, Gilgit-Baltistan region, Karakorum range, northern Pakistan.
A long day at rest, under a cloudy and rainy sky, watching and talking with high altitude porters, while they worked or at rest under the tent.
An ordinary moonson day at Concordia camp (4500 meters high), in Karakorum, Gilgit-Baltistan range, under K2.
It has rained all night and all day long, so we rested a lot in the sleeping bag.  
A long suspended day.
Sometimes, I left my tent, going around and taking pictures to porters smiling, working, crossing camp with heavy bags, going to higher camps or preparing other tents here.
I watched foggy mountain, slippery stones, above the glacier. Ice is under a thin layer of stones and ground. Glacier is something alive.
I stayed a lot under a porters tents, to document their daily life. They were a little tired and sleepy, but happy. I feel at home here. I love these people.
They were around a flame, to dry some clothes. Not so much oxygen at 4500 meters, even less under a tent, with a flame inside. The lighter had an green flame, not red. One of them talked English, the others only Balti, but we could comunicate the same. They were very hospitable. Here I stayed in touch with essential things. One of porters was a good singer, he sang for me, and they followed him in chorus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzBlAJ0pdvM
Above the tent, the magic and relaxing sound of raindrops. All around, grey mountains and dense and heavy clouds, with some blue gash as a miracle.
After work, they sit on rocks, at rest, someone smiling, some others serious, lost on deep thoughts.
In late afternoon, the started to cook and had dinner.
Someone has checked hemoglobin saturation in the blood, to control the health at this altitude.
Someone has lost some phalanges during an unlucky expedition.
After dinner, we dreamed a warm place: a small refuge to keep away the wet night and the dark sky... I felt an ostile nature, despite the abysmal beauty of this place, with its mystery. K2 is near, hidden by many layers of fog and clouds, but the same I felt a presence of it. We were inside his hands, deeply inside his kingdom.
Let's hope a new sunny day! Inshallah!
Pictures taken with Sony Alpha 7iii. August 2022
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