C h r i s P a r k e s πŸ“Έ @chris_parkes_esq

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  • chris_parkes_esq

    December 1st at 9:29am
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    Sun sets over the hills of Sindhuli. These sorts of views go on for hours and hours and they never got old; winding roads and pastoral paddy fields. #nepal #sunset #natgeo #natgeocreative #vsco #vscocam #landscape

    ultracherri

    3 days ago
    Fantastic

    muralizta64

    4 days ago
    Gorgeous

    1laurenlindsey

    4 days ago
    πŸ˜πŸ™ˆπŸ˜

    jacobychye

    4 days ago
    Amazing

    lapolap

    4 days ago
    bella foto complimenti!
    Nice colorsπŸ‘Œ
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 30th at 9:17pm

    Rajendra and Kailashbati were married in 1993 in Delhi, and as is tradition, returned to his mother’s home in the Roltahat area of the Terai plains in Nepal. It was that summer that heavy rainfall swelled three of the rivers in Surlahi, triggering floods and landslides. Thousands died, among which were 5 members of Rajendra’s family in the rising waters, alongside his livelihood; the soil was reduced to sand and water. Unable to farm the land, it was his neighbour who suggested that they travel to Kathmandu as there may be jobs there for them: this story was mostly likely replicated hundreds of thousands of times but this is theirs. β€œTo move felt painful. So much was lost, but I had to support my family.” Rajendra initially travelled to Kathmandu on his own, settled in a temporary brick house he built himself, and then as his family joined him and with the help of a loan, began a business selling clothes on the streets of the city. But about 10 years go, political changes resulted in the government destroying his home. It was then that they constructed the house near the river (depicted), not from scraps as a Westerner may assume, but from materials bought with his own money. While the current government promised to settle the community that they are now part of, they also claim strikes in the Terai region means this has not yet happened.
    I really like this family. They’re strong for all the hardship they’ve endured, and I’m touched by Rajendra’s devotion to his family, all eight of them in a space no bigger than my living room in London, made of vinyl and cloth and bamboo. With all this they still offer the three of us, me, Juneli and Damodar a small stool to sit on each. #nepal #makeportraits #natgeocreative #natgeo

    parkesy2

    4 days ago
    Love the photos.

    hettielou

    4 days ago
    I love your photo diary, let me know when you're free as I'd love to hear about your trip x

    andybellimages

    4 days ago
    @chris_parkes_esq beautiful image sir!

    ollanski

    4 days ago
    Award worthy

    charliespicture

    4 days ago
    cool capture, like it!

    minceystrider

    4 days ago
    Really wonderful, Chris!
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 26th at 9:41am

    In Nepal, most citizens, even lower caste ones, own land. The Musahar as a no caste community, a culturally inherited perception of being "untouchable", do not have citizenship, and therefore have none of the legal rights afforded by citizenship, including land ownership or pensions. They are subject to impossible demands for development by the government, and it seems even a well-meaning cycle NGO’s do not seem to fully understand the challenges they face. The frustration the Musahar feel at their exclusion as β€œuntouchables” is palpable, and it only seems exaggerated by NGO’s visits to talk and photograph them in their villages. These communities have layered challenges facing them, and require complex solutions. How do you introduce education when an entire community are not even sure if they may be able to farm their meal tomorrow? Although as white middle class man how much I could ever truly understand their position, but as a gay man I do understand the power of exclusion and how it keeps the voices of people like the Musahar repressed whereas inclusion creates a much richer conversation for all of us. #nepal #natgeo #natgeocreative #natgeotravel #makeportraits #musahar #nikon #vsco #vscocam

    chris_parkes_esq

    6 days ago
    @theworldhopper that's because the people are amazing

    theworldhopper

    6 days ago
    πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

    theworldhopper

    6 days ago
    Your portraits are beyond amazing πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

    geloespejo

    7 days ago
    Very nice

    chris_parkes_esq

    8 days ago
    @karf234 thanks Karl. It's really forced me to reconsider so many things. I felt very differently about my photography meeting these people and hearing their stories.

    karf234

    8 days ago
    Good lord Chris! This is an amazing photo. Always impressed with your work, but the photos you've produced in Napal and Africa for the charities you've been working with are brilliant.

    tgacitua

    9 days ago
    Good work !

    gregendries

    9 days ago
    Gorgeous πŸ‘Œ
    ✌
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 24th at 8:33pm

    Farm worker, Sindhuli Valley, Nepal. Photographing the people of Nepal there is almost a polite indifference to having their portrait taken. I was always worried it could be potentially exploitive but honestly their faces are so beautiful it seemed stupid to turn down the opportunity. #makeportraits #nepal #rural #vsco #vscocam #fujifilm #travel #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeocreative

    1laurenlindsey

    4 days ago
    Something magical about this

    diggyd123

    10 days ago
    Great picure

    joshbrandao

    10 days ago
    Wow Chris! Such a stunning portrait! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    andybellimages

    10 days ago
    @chris_parkes_esq beautiful series mate, πŸ‘
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 23rd at 8:18am

    Binod Suwannee travelled from Bihar, India to Kathmandu to find work as a labourer in a brick factory. Brick factories and the red clay blocks they produce are in demand after the earthquake. The labourers on this particular site are mostly migrant workers from India. It’s a striking sight; every worker is covered in a fine layer of red dust from the dozen or so bricks they carry with each journey. For every set of bricks they carry on their head and bring to the trucks, they receive a token, and each token translates into payment. So the more they work, the faster they work, the more they get paid.

    Brick factories in Bhaktapur will often have whole families working on site, most of whom live in temporary accommodation nearby, some of them no more complex than two pieces of corrugated iron and thatch. Although to Western eyes seeing children doing hard labour is shocking or offensive, the facts of poverty mean families need money to eat. It's easy to judge and impose your own values before understanding the complexity of working in one of the world' poorest countries. #migration #labour #kathmandu #brick factories #Nepal #makeportraits #natgeo #natgeoinspires #natgeocreative

    eivindhansen

    16 hours ago
    These are so good, Chris!!

    bobbottlenyc

    10 days ago
    πŸ‘

    clairedobsonphoto

    11 days ago
    This is wonderful :)

    blvqwolf

    11 days ago
    love this :)

    laylaannalee

    12 days ago
    Incredible

    calmcdougall

    12 days ago
    Loving your portraits @chris_parkes_esq So vibrant and rich in mood.

    thecurries.co

    12 days ago
    ❀️

    unsuburban

    12 days ago
    Chris this is fantastic. Both the image and the words.

    geordielens

    12 days ago
    You should persue this avenue. Most beautiful work of yours I've seen

    chris_parkes_esq

    12 days ago
    @geordielens thanks. The whole trip has had a profound impact on my world view and my awareness of my life as a westerner and like even here on Instagram what people value (beards and muscles) as opposed to taking an interest in what other people experience (that's a very short summation). So I guess I'm trying to change my own narrative too with these photos
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 22nd at 6:43pm

    "I want to tell her how beautiful I think she is" I asked Sanjay, the ebullient engineer who was acting as my translator. "Haha Chris you can't do that, it would be very offensive!" So I didn't. I'll let the picture speak for itself. She works the land all day, carting manure and crops on the pouch on her back, the strap pulled taught across her forehead. #nepal #travel #makeportraits #farming #vsco #nikon #sindhuli #profoto

    laylaannalee

    12 days ago
    Wow this pic. You're killing it

    chloedannatt

    12 days ago
    Epic pic X

    irvinejames

    12 days ago
    Beautiful πŸ™πŸ»

    chris_parkes_esq

    12 days ago
    @graham__cruz thank you Mr Cruz πŸ™πŸΎ

    gregshappell

    12 days ago
    πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’™

    chris_parkes_esq

    12 days ago
    @liamoakesphoto πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

    chris_parkes_esq

    12 days ago
    @gregshappell hi Greg. No, no ND filter was used although there was a polarising filter to bring the sky. It was shot on an 80-200mm with a Profoto B1 and strip softbox and the sun coming in from the back.

    gregshappell

    12 days ago
    this is very nice! did you use an nd filter? what lens are you on?

    liamoakesphoto

    12 days ago
    Awesome mate.

    parkesy2

    12 days ago
    Beautiful bro love it
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 21st at 10:22am

    Nepal is a gift to human eyes. Not a turn in the road, whether it be in the intense streets of Kathmandu or on the serpentine coils of the BP Highway, hasn't got some spectacle, human or natural, to see. If I could have stopped every time I saw something I wanted to photograph, it would have taken me weeks to complete my 10 day visit. #nepal #travel #sindhuli #bphighway #nikon

    mpsupertramp

    6 days ago
    @chris_parkes_esq lucky you πŸ˜‰

    chris_parkes_esq

    6 days ago
    @mpsupertramp it was like this for HOURS

    mpsupertramp

    6 days ago
    spectacular view!πŸ‘Œ

    chris_parkes_esq

    13 days ago
    @karf234 believe me I would have stayed

    karf234

    13 days ago
    You should totally find Kamar-Taj and become a mystical warrior and defend the world against the dark dimensions...since you're there any way.

    parkesy2

    13 days ago
    Love it.

    dlesev

    14 days ago
    Amazing!

    exploreroftea

    14 days ago
    I know where that is! There is a tea plantation on the right side :0). Nepal Junchi Tea Garden
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 19th at 11:08am

    Keeping it simple with smoke ☁️ and @shhumphreys. There'll be a change in some of the content I'll be publishing on my feed starting next week. I'll be sharing my experience working with @streetchildsl and their projects they are developing in Nepal, so I hope you all enjoy them. It's not the beard and muscle genre so for some of you it may not be engaging or what you signed up for when you clicked the Follow button, but I hope it will give you a window into what it's like to live in a very different part of the world. Enjoy your weekends, I'm off to meet @loveleishman to do some prep for @philimorris 's wedding at the Barbican. #beard #

    tiago_toy

    9 days ago
    I want a photo like this so bad.

    crusselsprouts

    15 days ago
    Beautiful.

    chris_parkes_esq

    16 days ago
    @smarks1010 I can't wait!

    ronoack

    16 days ago
    πŸ˜‰

    sjmorris1010

    16 days ago
    Can't wait to see the street child pics and see you next weekend xx

    circuitbcn

    16 days ago
    Love that pic
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 7th at 8:22am

    Monday, Monday, Monday. Here we go. Big day today. I fly out on the redeye to Doha tonight then on to Kathmandu to start my next chapter for @streetchildsl and the work they're doing out there to help people with much less than you and I. Think about what you're putting back into the world. We all have to consume to live, but it's the hard work- because that's what this photo is, the result of hard work and dedication from the people in it( @theandrew.tracey @thenomadway.training for @mensfitnessuk ) and what you CREATE is what you put into to the world #amiright #andrewtracey #thenomadway #fitness #battleropes #nikon #create #vsco #vscocam

    yunusemrederya

    25 days ago
    muhteşem..

    theryanduffy

    27 days ago
    Killer shot!!!

    epicmeric

    28 days ago
    Great post

    foxface86

    28 days ago
    See you when you're back lovely 😘❀️

    pakozoic

    28 days ago
    Have a good flight handsome! 😚

    _ms.sass_

    28 days ago
    πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

    chrisjonesgeek

    28 days ago
    Safe trip, you!

    sportsmilitia

    28 days ago
    πŸ™πŸΎ
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  • chris_parkes_esq

    November 6th at 2:30pm

    Preview: The goddess Beth (@elisabethogden) for Tom Fraser (@tomfrasermua ). The best way to create unfettered is just to pay for it yourself, with people you like and trust. Experiencing creativity this way will help you recognise when it isn't right. And this felt right. Shot at @cherrybombstudioldn , all makeup by Tom. #vsco #makeup #bodypaint #model #nikon #makeportraits #freethenipple

    mjchapman_photography

    28 days ago
    😍

    jaredhjyu

    29 days ago
    Wow!

    andybellimages

    29 days ago
    @chris_parkes_esq beautiful mate

    elisabethogden

    29 days ago
    ❀️❀️❀️❀️

    travisbluemling

    29 days ago
    πŸ™ŒπŸ½

    eivindhansen

    29 days ago
    Gorgeous
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