|Somewhere in Nepal
September 10–October 7, 2014
Reception: September 20 1:00–4:00PM
Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement: The photographs in Somewhere in Nepal span five visits from 1975 to 1995, totaling well over a year, and draw from over a thousand miles of trekking.
A Palo Alto resident at 6 months of age, Michael Stewart has lived most of his life in the Bay Area. At 9 he discovered a copy of Tiger of the Snows, Tenzing Norgay’s autobiography and accounts of his ascents, including the first ascent of Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary. A determined traveler as a young adult, Michael had been around the world twice before ever owning a car. He’s been around once again since then. In all he spent about six years traveling mostly in the developing world.
While it was the mountains that drew him to Nepal, it was the people and the rural culture that fascinated him. With the hills largely inaccessible by road the countryside is perfect for toot travel. Off the beaten path it was customary for travelers to stay overnight with local families along the way. This immersion provides a unique window; that of a participant. He feels that his style of photography is best described by Don Hewitt’s four words, “Tell me a story.”
All of the photographs in this exhibit are from 35mm film that have been scanned and printed digitally. Some of the films have survived better than others and it is only through the control available in the digital process that some of the older ones have been restorable.
Stateside, Michael has written high performance real-time imaging software for the medical and broadcast video industries “since time began”. He currently develops highly parallelized image processing and driver software for cameras in Android mobile phones with NVIDIA Corporation.